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Posted by   on: December 21st, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA PACD Mini-grant, Tree Vitalize, and Delaware County Council came together to fund this riparian buffer tree planting project. A total of 103 trees and shrubs were planting along Darby Creek. Natural Lands Trust, PECO Energy, Villanova University, and Community Service Workers provided the volunteer labor. The Conservation Planting Trailer was a big asset to help make this project run smoothly. — in Upper Darby, PA.

Posted by   on: August 29th, 2012

Saturday September 15, 2012 – Saturday September 15, 2012

7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway

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Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association

Time: 9AM

Day: Saturday, September 15th

Location: Lower Mount Bethel Township Welcome Center located at 7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway, Bangor, PA 18013.

Martins Jacoby Watershed Association is hosting a volunteer day on the grounds of the Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center. As a member of SEPA RC&D Council the Watershed Association is taking advantage of the free use of the SEPA RC&D Conservation Planting Trailer for this event. Volunteers will get to help install blue bird boxes, tree protectors to prevent deer damage and assist with butterfly garden maintenance. After lunch, which will be provided by PPL, volunteers will be led on an interpretive nature hike on nearby trails.

To register, please contact John Mauser at 610-498-2126.


Posted by   on: June 27th, 2012

Collingdale, PA – June 2012 – In December 2011, four Eastern Delaware County communities signed an agreement forming the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative with the goal of improving control of stormwater and reducing pollution by operating as a single unit.

Collingdale, Sharon Hill and Yeadon Boroughs and Upper Darby Township joined to form the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative to jointly undertake state-mandated stormwater related activities and projects.  By acting as a unit, the towns expect to improve compliance with state requirements, avoid duplication, and reduce costs.

Stormwater runoff is a significant problem in the eastern part of Delaware County due to dense development and old, sometimes crumbling, piping and infrastructure.

In May, the members of the Collaborative appointed a Coordinator with experience in environmental education and state programs dealing with control of stormwater runoff. The coordinator’s responsibilities include overall program management, planning and coordination, budgeting, community outreach, report preparation, compilation of grant applications, and development and oversight of public educational events and projects.

The Collaborative’s initial project involves working jointly with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commision to apply for a PennVest grant to plant 1,000 trees in areas selected by the member communities in 2013. Tree coverage in urbanized areas greatly reduces stormwater runoff and improves water quality.  Additional joint projects are planned for this summer.

The member communities hope to continue to forge such relationships, finding that working together as a group they are able to accomplish projects that, if working alone, would be impossible due to size and budget constraints.

While a large part of the Collaborative’s operation is presently funded by grants, the group needs to enlist additional municipalities in the Darby Creek watershed to remain financially viable in the future. The communities of the Collaborative therefore invite all boroughs and townships in the Darby Creek watershed to join the group and take advantage of these economies of scale to reduce compliance costs and improve water quality in their community.

Interested municipalities are welcome to attend the next Collaborative meeting on July 11th at 3:30PM at Collingdale Borough Hall. For additional details or to arrange a meeting contact Jamie Anderson, Coordinator at or call 484-326-6248.
Posted by   on: June 25th, 2012

The Southeastern PA RC&D Council with grants from PA Growing Greener, PA American Water and many gracious sponsors has stocked tools, power equipment, safety gear and related supplies in the Conservation Planting Trailer.  Members of the Council receive free use of the trailer on a first come first serve basis.

Current members can reserve the trailer by calling 877-610-6603 or emailing All planting trailer users must complete a SEPARCD Equipment Use Agreement and a ToolNEquipmentCheckListBlank. Guidance for using the trailer can be found  in SEPARCDTrailer Towing Instructions.

If your not a current member you can JOIN using the link on the home page.

The trailer is available to come to your area to assist volunteers on environmental restoration and watershed projects.

Posted by   on: April 1st, 2012

Municipalities have the ability to track their stormwater activities and costs using a simple tracking tool.  This tracking tool is free to download and use.  It was developed using Microsoft Excel by the staff of the Delaware County Planning Department for the Southeastern PA RC&D Council’s Stormwater Collaboration Project.

The tool and directions can be download by clicking the files below.

MS4 Tracking Tool

MS4 Reporting Form v.4.0

MS4 Tracking Tool Instructions v4.0

Enter stormwater activity information into the MS4 Reporting Form. Fields have been provided for multiple staff members’ time and for purchasing costs. A drop-down menu allows you to choose which MCM the activity relates to. A check-box allows you to record which activities were multi-municipal.

Reports generated by the software can easily be used to comply with regulatory reporting requirements. Generate reports for all of your municipality’s MS4 activities or choose to look at individual MCMs.  Four Standard reports are included:

  • MS4 Activity Report
  • MS4 Activity Report with Total Costs
  • Education and Outreach Report
  • Purchasing Report

Get started today tracking all your Ms4 activities and costs.


Posted by   on: March 30th, 2012

The goal of the Conservation Planting Trailer is to assist groups and organizations in restoring the region’s ripa20161020_102132rian buffers and other environmentally sensitive areas by loaning them the necessary tools and equipment to plant native trees, shrubs, and flowers. These efforts will also help improve water quality in streams, ponds, and wetlands. It will also create beneficial habitat for wildlife and aquatic life.


A common problem facing community conservation groups is not having the right tools, or not enough of them, to prepare the sites and do the planting. The Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development Council Conservation Planting Trailer will provide groups with the shovels, rakes, planting bars, augers, pruners, etc. necessary to do projects in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton. With the right tools provided, more buffers will be restored, a greater number of plants will be planted, fewer tools will be broken from misuse, and volunteers will be safer.

The Conservation Planting Trailer is an innovative conservation project.  SEPA RC&D Council Members may use the trailer for free. Join the Council today and enjoy the benefits of membership.

Key Documents for use of the trailer can be downloaded by clicking on the document name.

SEPA RCD Trailer Towing Instructions

SEPA RCD Equipment Use Agreement

Tool and Equipment Check List

Three major goals of the project are:

  1. Increase environmental restoration and community plantings in the region
  2. Increase the number of volunteers who participate in planting projects
  3. Provide volunteers with safe and proper tools

Three expected outcomes of the project are:

  1. More of the region’s riparian buffers and environmentally sensitive areas will be stabilized and restored
  2. People will feel better by investing their time and energy to protect and improve their community and the region’s natural resources
  3. Other groups, organizations, businesses, and agencies will be inspired to donate for environmental restoration projects because of the availability of the conservation trailer

This project will help meet several of the goals listed in Pennsylvania’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Update and the Watershed Restoration Action Strategy for the State Water Plan.


Conservation Planting Trailer Sponsors:


Platinum Sponsor


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Silver Sponsors


Chester Delaware Farm Bureau

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Posted by   on: March 23rd, 2012

The Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative (EDCSC) seeks proposals from consultants with a background in the NPDES II/MS4 Stormwater Management Program to serve as a part- time coordinator for a group of municipalities jointly undertaking several components of the MS4 minimum control measures (MCMs). Assistance to be provided is outlined in the request for proposal.  Work will commence upon consultant selection and subsequent execution of a contract.

Proposals are requested no later than 4:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 9, 2012, and should be submitted to: George Kobryn, Chairman Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative c/o Southeastern PA Resource Conservation & Development Council (SEPA RC&D), P. O. Box 539, Silverdale, PA  18962-0539

You may request a copy of the RFP by contacting the SEPA RC&D Council by phone at 877-610-6603, or via email at

To down load the RFP click here.

Posted by   on: March 23rd, 2012

The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists who provide eligible watershed groups, environmental groups, or local grassroots project sponsors Program Management and Scientific Technical Assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Growing Greener Program. The service is at no cost to eligible groups.   At present there are nine partners that are members of the C-SAW Program.  In addition to Wilkes University, the other partners are: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dickinson College, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Stroud Water Research Center, Pennsylvania RC&D, and United States Geological Survey . The C-SAW program is operated by the Pocono-Northeast RC&D.  The goal for C-SAW is to transfer knowledge and skills to watershed groups or local sponsors thereby helping to build their capacity to plan and conduct watershed assessments, and conduct post-implementation monitoring.

To learn more click here. Applications within the SEPA RC&D Council service area should be mailed to the SEPA RC&D current mailing address.

Posted by   on: March 16th, 2012


Date : March 29, 2012

Time : From 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.

Location : Meadowood Retirement Community, 3205 Skippack Pike, Worcester PA, 19490

A half day session to review the Conservation Planting Trailer – Sponsored by the Southeastern PA. Resource Conservation and Development Council.   Conservation District Watershed Specialist are invited to learn how the trailer is set up, and take any questions.  There will be discussion on future equipment purchases based on Watershed Specialist input. Ed Magargee will review trailer locks, hook up, operating procedures, and checklists, 

Posted by   on: December 7th, 2011

Eastern Delware County Stormwater Colaborative Members

On Thursday, December 1, 2011, Eastern Delaware County municipalities celebrated an exciting milestone.  The Boroughs of Collingdale, Sharon Hill, Yeadon and Upper Darby Township were recognized for signing on Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative Inter-governmental Agreement.  Elected Officials formally adopted the agreement at public meetings in November.  The four municipalities were recognized by the Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development(RC&D) Council, Project Sponsor, the County and other partners for their joint initiative across municipal boundaries to manage stormwater and comply with Pennsylvania’s stormwater permit requirements.

The Collaborative municipalities will be able to more efficiently and economically address stormwater problems and comply with DEP stormwater permit requirements.  Through this partnership, the four municipalities will work together to conduct required training programs for municipal staff and contractors, host education and outreach events, enlist involvement from residents and other constituents, take advantage of economies of scale for educational publications and other permit related activities.

Collectively, these practices and programs will help prevent water pollution and protect streams like the Darby Creek from Degradation that can result from uncontrolled and polluted stormwater runoff.  The four municipalities are the first members to sign the agreement and formalize their commitment to work together to undertake regulatory requirements to prevent water pollution in the Darby Creek Watershed.

Southeastern PA RC&D Council has led this effort over several years. The project focused on urbanized communities in Delaware County to formalize joint municipal stormwater management activities.Karen Holm, Southeastern PA RC&D Board Member and Delaware County Planning Department Manager said “I am encouraged by the dedication shown over the many months of working together to prepare and inter-governmental cooperative agreement; it signals readiness among municipalities to work together to more efficiently address the challenges of storm water management.  Starting in 2012, the Collaborative will be well positioned to conduct combined training events and education projects for the four partners.  This collaboration will help member municipalities meet their permit goals and obligations in a more cost -effective manner, avoid inefficiencies that can occur under the municipal permit, and present a more unified and consistent educational messages to communities and constituents.”

Funding for this innovative project has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The William Penn Foundation. The Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development Council, a regional nonprofit organization helped organize the collaborative and obtained the grant funding for this unique project. The Delaware County Planning Department and the Delaware County Conservation District have been actively involved in organizing and assisting the Collaborative with assistance and participation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.