Recent Tours at PERT Site

August 08, 2006

Approximately 15 individuals attended the installation of the under parking lot infiltration gallery demonstration BMP at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust.

October 25, 2006

The T-VSSI co-sponsored the Montgomery County Conservation District’s “Seeing is Believing: A Showcase of Stormwater Best Management Practices in Montgomery County” BMP tour. Three T-VSSI BMPs at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust were showcased on this tour.

April 16, 2007

On April 16, 2007 T-VSSI researchers, Lynn Mandarano and Richard Nalbandian, led a mobile workshop tour, “Best Stormwater Management Practices at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust,” for the American Planning Association’s 99th National Conference in Philadelphia. Twenty-nine professional planners from across the United States braved the stormy weather to visit five BMPs that the T-VSSI constructed at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. Unfortunately, the group only had an opportunity to visit the constructed wetland, riparian buffer and upland wet ponds because the tour bus got stuck in a drainage culvert when attempting to maneuver a u-turn.

November 4, 2008

On November 4, 2008 the researchers from Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities met Upper Moreland School District administrators and faculty serving on the Math and Science Curricula Committee at the Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust to tour the T-VSSI BMPs. The purpose of this site visit was to describe how each BMP functions and the types of monitoring activities appropriate for each BMP. The monitoring procedures were described to enhance the faculty’s understanding of the sampling and measuring methods involved as well as how these activities could enhance student learning in math and science. The CSC is working with the UMSD to develop a stormwater management plan for its campuses as well as ways to incorporate the BMPs as living laboratories in the K-12 math and science courses.

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