What Greater Philadelphia Residents Can Do
Residents can take steps to help retain stormwater and prevent toxic materials from entering streams.
What Residents Can Do
Here are a few things you can do to keep the water clean and manage stormwater on your property:
- Pick up litter and pet waste so that it doesn’t wash into the storm drains.
- Minimize your use of fertilizers and lawn care products.
- Get a FREE rain barrel from the Raincheck program. Raincheck also offers subsidized downspout planters, rain gardens, and porous pavements.
- Plant native trees and shrubs
- Always recycle when possible
- Mark storm drains in your neighborhood
- Educate your neighbors
How PEC Can Help
- Provide stormwater education to community members by speaking at community meetings and tabling at community festivals
- Partner with community organizations on neighborhood cleanups
- Storm Drain Marking: PEC can help neighborhoods and businesses organize a storm drain marking event to educate area residents about keeping trash out of our streams and rivers
- Rain Check: PEC can help a neighborhood schedule and promote a Rain Check workshop delivered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This enables residents to receive a free rain barrel and/or other subsidized stormwater management features like rain gardens, downspout planters, and pervious pavement
Partner Brochures & Resources
- Homeowner’s Stormwater Handbook, Smart Stormwater Management: A How-to for Homeowners
- Philly Recycling Guide: Everything that can and can't go into your recycling bin
- How to Report Illegal Dumping
- Rain Gardens: Gardens With Benefits
- Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Cleanup Guide: Resources and tips on how to organize a cleanup
Living Streamside Guide to Designing your Property and Protecting our Watershed
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