Stormwater BMP Tour

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Welcome to the Virtual Tour of Stormwater BMPs in Montgomery County, PA!  This webpage is designed to connect you to examples of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) in and around Montgomery County.

This website is brought to you by the Montgomery County Conservation District.  Funding for this program was provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through its education grant with PA Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Program; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program administered by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

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Please read the following directions before using the Virtual Tour:

How To Use the Virtual Tour

1. Disable any pop-up blockers to ensure you can see all pages of the tour.

2. You must have Adobe Reader to view the Virtual Tour sites. For your convenience, the files are saved as pdf files.  This will enable you to print these documents and use them as fact sheets or to aid you as you visit the BMPs.  This is a free program you can download at the Adobe Reader website.

3. Search the list of BMP Tour Sites found below or check out the Map of Sites.

4. You can visit the Virtual Tour sites if you follow the proper procedure. The property owners and managers of the Virtual Tour sites have generously offered access to their property for the educational benefit of the community.  You are welcome to see the BMPs if you plan your visit according to the visitation requirements listed on the List of BMP Tour Sites below, and the “Planning your visit” section on each site page.  Scheduling an appointment in advance is required at some sites.

5. All tour participants visit BMPs at their own risk.  By visiting the properties located in the Montgomery County Virtual Tour of Stormwater BMPs, you are agreeing to hold harmless from any and all damages that might occur to you and/or your personal property both the Montgomery County Conservation District and the property owner, manager, and/or operator.

6. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Montgomery County Conservation District.  We would like to know if you use this website to help implement Best Managements Practices.

List of Virtual Tour Sites

Site Number on Map Virtual Tour Sites BMPs on site Visitation Requirements
1 Black Rock Park 1. Naturalized basin
2. Infiltration trench
None
2 Lower Providence Township Basin Naturalization Project 1. Naturalized basins None
3 Perkiomen Valley High School 1. Wet-pond
2. Vegetated swales
Schedule visits in advance and sign in upon arrival
4 Shelly Square Shopping Center 1. Underground infiltration/detention basin None
5 Upper Perkiomen School District 1. Naturalized basins
2. No-mow zones
3. Bioretention swales
Notify high school office before entering school property
6 F.X. Browne, Inc. 1. Constructed stormwater wetland None
7 Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, LLC 1. Underground infiltration gallery
2. Porous pavement
3. Bioretention swales
4. Constructed stormwater wetlands
Must schedule visits in advance, sign in when entering site, no photography, and must wear proper safety equipment
8 Temple University, Ambler College 1. Green roof
2. Wetland Garden
Restricted Hours
9 Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) 1. Rain barrels
2. Dry well
3. Pervious paving: concrete pavers and plastic pavers
4. Constructed wetland
Groups of five or more must schedule a visit in advance
10 Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT) 1. Underground infiltration gallery
2. Infiltration trenches (sand and gravel)
3. Riparian buffer
4. Riparian stormwater wetland
5. Upland wet-ponds
Permission needed from PERT to visit upland wet-pond, riparian stormwater wetland, and riparian buffer
11 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Southeast Regional Office (SERO) 1. Green roof
2. Rainwater cistern
Must be escorted by DEP employee and schedule tour of five or more people in advance
12 Riverbend Environmental Education Center 1. Porous pavement
2. Bioswale
None
13 Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 1. Green roof
2. Rain garden
None
14 Whitemarsh Township Building 1. Rain garden
2. Rain Barrel
None
15 Spring-Ford School District 1. Basin Retro-fit
2. Rain garden
3. Native Plant Buffer
4. Thermal Wells
None
You may also check out the Villanova University BMP Park, which is just outside the County. 1. Bioinfiltration parking island
2. Constructed wetland
3. Porous concrete
4. Infiltration trench
Please read the website about Villanova’s requirements.
Mission Statement
To protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.