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
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