The purpose of this project is to establish a rain water harvesting system at Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford, Montgomery County, PA. This project provides hands-on lessons in environmental conservation to all Spring-Ford Intermediate School students. Capturing rainwater to maintain the garden habitat creates true self-sustainability and reduces the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.
The proposed water feature will integrate beautifully into the courtyard landscape and become a focal point for fifth and sixth grade lessons on watersheds and wetlands, sustainability, conservation, water management facilities and water treatment versus rainwater.
Project Goals include:
- Develop specific lessons for each grade level that will utilize the outdoor learning center and will meet Pennsylvania’s Environmental and Ecology, and Science and Technology Standards as well as Pennsylvania State Standards in other content areas
- Retain a Complete Aquatics Certified Professional to design and oversee the construction of the rain water harvesting system in the interior courtyard of Spring-Ford Intermediate School 5/6 Center
- Provide opportunities for student service learning projects. (such as researching and planting self-sustaining gardens as well as PA native shrubbery around the perimeter of the courtyard, testing and maintaining water from the rain water harvesting system, creating habitats for specific species, etc.)
- Develop a plan for ongoing maintenance of the courtyard area and surrounding gardens
The Southeastern PA RC&D Council has assisted the school by securing grants to build the rain harvesting system. Two grants have been awarded for the project. One grant from the Trustees of Robert L and Agnes Cook Bard Foundation and a second grant from PA American Waters.
Steve Senn along with Roger Sears and volunteers will be installing the Complete Aquatics rainwater harvesting system on Tuesday, July 19th.