In June 2008, F.X. Browne presented its report on “Assessing the Benefits of Naturalized Basins” to Montgomery Township. As a result of this study, the township’s Environmental Advisory Committee initiated an effort to convert conventional detention basins into naturalized wetland detention basins planted with trees, wildflowers, and shrubs, which are effective at removing pollutants from runoff to improve water quality. Vegetated basins also provide habitat for birds and other small wildlife.
Montgomery Township has funding from developers to maintain 61 basins, six of which are owned by the township. The township will limit the number of times the basins are mowed to once or twice a year, which will reduce the overall maintenance cost of the basins. Allowing the natural processes of vegetation to filter contaminants from runoff also reduces the cost of treating runoff.
Watershed: Neshaminy Creek
Montgomery Township EAC
1001 Stump Road
Montgomeryville, PA 18936