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Green Infrastructure Project

How BWA is 'greening' the Lower Brodhead


In 2014, BWA received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop a Green Infrastructure Plan for the Lower Brodhead, McMichael and Pocono creeks.  The watershed in that area is impaired and does not meet clean water standards for recreational use, such as swimming.


Through outreach programs, public education and water quality monitoring, BWA has been and will continue to improve the watershed and its surroundings.







In partnership with local organizations and businesses, BWA created rain gardens in prime spots in Monroe County, with plans for more.


These gardens collect rain in downtown areas, where a multitude of roofs and widespread pavement create polluted runoff. The gardens' native plants absorb the chemical-laden rainwater, preventing it from reaching nearby creeks.


At each garden, a sign is installed explaining the garden's function and giving a QR code to scan with a smartphone, leading the public to more information.


  • For information about local gardens click here.
  • Would you like to suggest a location for a new rain garden? Email us!
  • For information on how to make a rain garden of your own click here.
  • Another excellent resource, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Reduce Your Stormwater website, includes an interactive garden design tool.
  • For the Top 10 Tips for Cleaner Water, click here.




THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND has published a guide on creating green infrastructure. To read "City parks, clean water: Making great places using green infrastructure," click here.


For a video on how populated places benefit from green infrastructure, click here.


For additional resources on green infrastructure, including a municipal handbook, click here.






MORE RESOURCES for Pocono-area property owners:


Clean Water Partners: Make it your business to reduce water pollution and flooding


GREEN GUIDE FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: A guide to help large property owners identify innovative green projects to reduce stormwater pollution

  • Funding for the DelawAre River Watershed Initiative


The William Penn Foundation is funding numerous projects throughout the Delaware River Watershed aimed at keeping water quality in the Delaware River high. 

Read more.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation received funding from William Penn Foundation to improve water quality in waters contributing to the Delaware River. 

Read more


That's where BWA comes in!





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