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1/15/2010 —

An exploration of how stormwater basins can be designed or redesigned to successfully use native plants to control stormwater, improve appearance, improve water quality and create needed habitat will be offered at Penn State Brandywine on Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m. in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103.

The talk, titled “Natural Landscaping of Stormwater Basins," will be led by Vice President of Princeton Hydro Mark Gallagher, and is jointly sponsored by Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), Habitat Resource Network and the campus.

During his demonstration, Gallagher will refer to requirements of Pennsylvania’s new stormwater regulations as well as ecological sustainability concerns championed by renowned author and University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, who spoke at Penn State Brandywine last year. The program will assist homeowners and associations who desire to improve the functioning and appearance of their own basins, swales, slopes and low-lying areas, as well as municipalities and institutions desiring to meet water quality standards by redesigning these areas. A discussion of common problems related to the design and maintenance of stormwater management practices, including swales and dry and wet basins, will also be provided.

Penn State Brandywine holds a stormwater management permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This program, which is free and open to the public, supports the campus' outreach efforts, as required by the DEP, to raise public awareness concerning stormwater management.

Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Contact CRC at crc@nni.com or 610-892-8731. For more information, visit www.crcwatersheds.org or www.habitatresourcenetwork.org.

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