Ambler's Clean Streams, Clean Water Program

About the Program

Do you have a drainage problem when it rains? Have you considered flower gardens in your yard, but are cautious about knowing what to do? Do you have an impervious patio that contributes to polluted runoff? Do you want to recycle rain water to use on your parched potted plants?  Clean Streams, Clean Water can help reduce flooding and water pollution by helping to landscape your property to more effectively manage stormwater.

By keeping rain where if falls and allowing for filtration the Ambler Borough community can contribute to Clean Streams in the Wissahcikon Watershed. Through Clean Streams, Clean Water, Ambler Borough residents can be a solution to the pollution in our waterways, while beautifying property and moving towards a healthier Wissahickon Watershed. We can keep rain where it falls, allow for filtration and improve the waters we send downstream to our neighbors in Philadelphia.  Every resident in our community can play a role in assuring the Rose Valley, Tannery Run, and Stuart Farm creeks are as clean as they can be before entering the Wissahickon. Let us help you to become a steward of our waters in the Delaware River Basin.

About Stormwater Management

The Challenge: Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater runoff, another term for rainwater or melting snow that doesn’t soak into the ground, is the biggest threat to the health of the Wissahickon Watershed and surrounding areas that empty into the Delaware River Basin.  Because our homes, businesses and roads cover the soil, most water that falls during storms goes right into sewers. Every time it rains in Ambler, stormwater runoff collects oil, grease, fertilizers, and other harmful pollutants and carries it to the Rose Valley, Tannery Run, or Stuart Farm Creeks. Along with all these pollutants, errant plastic bottles, bags, and straws are caught up and flow into storm drains, ending up in our creeks. Stormwater races off parking lots, driveways, rooftops, and roadways into our underground system of storm sewers that gush directly into our creeks and contribute to sedimentation and scouring of the creek banks.

The Solution: Soak Up the Rain!

Growing Ambler Greener: Clean Streams Clean Waters is an initiative based on Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program that keeps pollution out of rivers and creeks by soaking up the rain water before it enters the storm sewers. In bringing a similar program to Ambler, we can be a part of upstream communities doing their part to help neighbors downstream. The Ambler EAC will work with residents and businesses to teach them how to implement green features that use plants, soil, and permeable pavement to soak up the rain. Each of us can play a role in protecting our waterways.

Learn more about our residential stormwater features and what you can do to beautify your home, create habitat, and help our streams.

About Us and Local Partners

The AMBLER Environmental Advisory Council

The Ambler EAC is an environmental advisory council made up of community residents,  seven of whom are appointed by Borough Council.  Our members devote time and energy to assist elected and appointed officials in protecting the environment.  We advise Borough staff and elected officials on the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources within Ambler Borough limits.  Ambler EAC is supported by the Ambler Borough Council Parks & Recreation Committee. For more information about Pennsylvania’s EAC Network, see www.EACnetwork.org. The Ambler EAC has instituted this program based on the knowledge, expertise, and programming inspired by the Philadelphia Water Department’s residential stormwater management program called Rain Check.  Growing Ambler Greener was funded through a Growing Greener grant through the Department of Environmental Protection. 

Wissahickon Valley watershed Association

The founding of the Wissahickon Watershed Association in 1957 grew out of the collective concern of area residents whose goal was to protect the land in the Watershed from the devastating effects of floods from the Wissahickon Creek. They recognized the inseparable link of land and water and adopted the protection of these natural resources as the organization’s first mission. Today, the WVWA's key mission is to inspire and engage diverse communities of people to protect, steward and enjoy the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley.