EAC VIRTUAL MEETING JANUARY 21st, 2021 (Rescheduled from 1/13/21)
The EAC will meet virtually on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at 6pm. This meeting was originally scheduled for January 13th, 2021 but was rescheduled. The meeting information is listed below and the agenda is linked.
Meeting ID: 836 6285 7196
Call In#: 1-646-876-9923
Spotted Lanternfly Swatters
The Lower Gwynedd Township Environmental Advisory Council has purchased Spotted Lanternfly swatters to distribute to residents. Since Pike Fest, where we were planning to distribute them, has been cancelled for 2020 we are looking for other ways to get them in the hands of our residents to help in the battle against these invasive bugs. Please fill out this form: https://bit.ly/LGTEAC-SLFswatter to request a swatter or two (limit 2 per household) and someone from the EAC will be in touch regarding getting them in your hands.
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Information
Below are numerous links to articles, websites, and guides pertaining to the Spotted Lanternfly, that the Lower Gwynedd Township's Environmental Advisory Council has compiled. These links are meant to provide helpful and factual information to the residents of Lower Gwynedd Township.
The EAC has taken a proactive approach to combat the SLF infestation. EAC members and volunteers have been monitoring select areas of township trails, parks, and individual trees to identify SLF emergence from egg masses (too high up in the trees to scrape) and arrival to capture early nymphs using sticky tape. In addition to sticky tape, it is imperative that protective covering (e.g., chicken wire with fine screening or window mesh on top, window screening tacked to the trees with push pins) be placed above the sticky tape in order to avoid unwanted capture of small mammals, birds, beneficial insects and pollinators.
EAC members will place laminated signage in areas being monitored. Please download the signage via the link below:
Also check out this link to an instructional video where an EAC member applies sticky tape to an infested tree.
Everything You Need to Know about Spotted Lanternfly and Management
What is a Rain Garden?
- A rain garden is a garden of native flowers, shrubs and other plants used in a small depression designed to temporarily hold and then soak in rainwater.
What are the Benefits of Rain Gardens?
- Stormwater runoff carries fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, engine oil, deicing salts and other contaminants directly into local streams. Stormwater causes flash flooding which erodes stream banks destroying habitat and altering the natural flow of the streams.
- A rain garden soaks up rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawn areas.
- Rain gardens remove up to 90 percent of nutrient and chemical pollutants and soak up 30 percent more water than an equivalent patch of lawn.
Where do I put my rain garden?
- Choose an area where you want to soak up rainwater, at least 10 feet from the house.
- Rain gardens can catch water from downspouts as well as water that drains off roads and walkways.
- Do not place a rain garden in areas that are consistently wet. Rain gardens should drain completely within 24 hours (Refer to Penn State Extension link listed below).
- Before you dig, call PA One Call (800-242-1776) to locate underground utility lines.
Choosing the Right Plants
- The rain garden has areas that range from very wet to dry.
- Choose plants suited for those areas and plant them close together.
- Find Penn State recommended plants at https://extension.psu.edu/rain-gardens-the-plants
What about mosquitoes?
- A rain garden is not a pond and should drain within 24 hours, which is not long enough to allow mosquitoes to breed.
For More Information
For a comprehensive guide to rain gardens, see the following:
- Lower Gwynedd Township Environmental Advisory Council at Lower Gwynedd Township EAC
- Penn State Extension at https://extension.psu.edu/an-introduction-to-rain-gardens
- Rutgers University Rain Garden manual at http://water.rutgers.edu/Rain_Gardens/RGWebsite/RainGardenManualofNJ.html
- University of Connecticut Rain Gardens at https://nemo.uconn.edu/raingardens/
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/shorelandzoning/documents/rgmanual.pdf
Source: Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee
In 2018, the Lower Gwynedd Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) initiated a battery recycling program through Battery Solutions. This program ensures that end-of-life management of batteries from collection to recycling is done in a compliant manner with respect to the environment. The battery collection tube is conveniently located in the vestibule of the township building for easy drop-off.
- 371 total pounds of batteries were recycled and included the following categories:
- Alkaline/Zinc Carbon-116: 309 pounds
- Alkaline-127 (Large): 52 pounds
- Mixed Buttons: 10 pounds
- 643 pounds of batteries were recycled thus far and include the following categories:
- Alkaline/Zinc Carbon: 605 pounds
- Lithium: 5 pounds
- Nickel Metal Hydride: 6 pounds
- Lead VRLA Small- 201: 27 pounds
Battery Recyling Results 2020: TBD
For more information and to learn about the benefits of battery recycling and the types of batteries we accept, please visit the Battery Solutions website @ https://www.batterysolutions.com
EAC NEWS & EVENTS
Save Your Batteries!
And bring them to the township building for recycling! The Lower Gwynedd Environmental Advisory Council installed a battery receptacle in the vestibule and invites township residents to dispose of your household batteries there rather than sending them to the landfill.
Household batteries include standard alkaline, nickel cadium (NiCd), lithium, button batteries and more (no car batteries!). Some small electronics like cell phones are also accepted.
Please see specific instructions (you may need to tape batteries) and a list of acceptable batteries at the receptacle, which is located next to the prescription medicine receptacle in the township building.
- Nickel Cadmium-Dry
- Nickel Cadmium-Wet
- Nickel Iron-Wet
- Nickel Metal Hydride-Dry
- Nickel Metal Hydride-Wet
- Lithium Primary
- Silver Oxide
- Coin/Button Cells
- Hybrid Automotive Battery Packs
- Electric Automotive Battery Packs
- Lead Acid of All Types
- No Alkaline Battery is to be taped
- Damaged Alkaline batteries can be comingled with the other Alkaline batteries
- Do not leave plastic bags filled with batteries in the vestibule or collection tube
- Please empty the batteries in the collection tube and recycle the plastic bags at home or elsewhere
- All Lithium-Ion batteries are to be taped with the Scotch tape provided in the vestibule or from home
- Damaged, defective, recalled, leaking or bulging Lithium Ion batteries are ONLY to be dropped off on WEDNESDAYS between the hours of 8AM-4PM
- One damaged battery is to be placed in one of the plastic bags located in the special metal container (iRecycle Kit DDR 4) located in the vestibule
- The plastic bags are to be placed inside of the special container and surrounded by the vermiculite provided
- Instructions for packaging damaged Lithium Ion batteries and other batteries are posted on the bulletin board
- Please keep in mind that huge volumes of batteries cannot be placed on the outside benches or on the floor of the vestibule
- Small batches of batteries are to be dropped off and placed in the clearly marked collection tube
- WE DO NOT ACCEPT CAR BATTERIES
These are the most common types of batteries powering devices you use every day. Some are rechargeable, you an plug them in to charge and get multiple uses before the battery needs to be replaced. Some are non-rechargeable or single-use, once they are fully discharged, they should be recycled.
Non-Spillable/Sealed Lead Acid: small to medium dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
Lithium-ion (Li-ion): small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd): small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
Nickel Metal Hydride: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
LOWER GWYNEDD TOWNSHIP DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY INDUSTRIAL BATTERIES.
Refer to the following webiste for more information: https://batterysolutions.com/learning-center/battery-types/
Growing Greener Basin Naturalization Project- Phase 2
Lower Gwynedd Township began Phase 2 of the Basin Naturalization Project, which is funded through the Growing Greener Grant. The two Township-owned basins located in the open space area of the Spring House Farms Development were retrofitted as part of this project. The slideshow below was presented by the EAC to give a background and overview of the entire project.
We hope you and your families are safe and remain safe throughout the COVID 19 pandemic. Thank you for continuing to abide by CDC regulations.
Lives have changed dramatically due to COVID 19 as many have lost their jobs and/or are balancing childcare, education and working from home.
As such, many may be working on checking off that never-ending "to do" list for home and yard projects in addition to what is already on their plate. More people are ordering via curbside pick-up and delivery, which results in the use of more plastic, more paper bags, more pizza boxes, etc. Some residents might be purging items located in attics, basements and clothes closets. So, what does one do with all of the excess trash and materials? Knowing how to recycle correctly and donate non-perishable items is key! To read full article and access associated links please click here!
Recycling of gently-used items:
Other Helpful Environmental Articles and Links:
Welcome to Bird Town!
What Do Those Signs Mean?
By Steven Saffier, Audubon Pennsylvania
Lower Gwynedd township has become the 24th Audubon Bird Town in Pennsylvania and the fifth in Montgomery County. The Township’s Environmental Advisory Council, will work closely with Audubon Pennsylvania and community partners to provide information to residents on ways to create healthier, more sustainable and bird-friendly landscapes while addressing issues such as stormwater management and pesticide usage.
The township is in the Wissahickon watershed, an area of land that contains quality habitat and a critical part of the Atlantic Flyway, the super-highway of bird migration. Lower Gwynedd, with its open space, trail system, and wooded developments, provides rich resources to wildlife and opportunities for people experience nature in their backyard and beyond.
Homes and other properties can be an important part of healthy habitat and can be recognized through Audubon’sBird Habitat Network; residents can register their property, learn more about how to care for the nature around them, and receive incentives such as a business discount card. Homeowners can go to http://pa.audubon.org and select the “register your yard” button to start. There is useful information on the website to help you improve your ecological footprint.
Stewardship workshops, bird walks, and other presentations are being scheduled for Bird Town residents. Please check the website and be sure to like us on Facebook (birdtownpa) where updates are posted.
To educate, facilitate and promote sustainable practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater community through educational workshops and programs, articles and community events.
Who We Are:
Lower Gwynedd Township residents dedicated to ensuring a greater quality of life for our community through educational outreach, involvement and best practices.
Contact us at EAC@lowergwynedd.org.
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Current Program Development
- Organize and offer stormwater management events:
- Rain barrel workshops and giveaways
- Native plant giveaways and corresponding outreach
- Develop articles regarding sustainable practices for inclusion in the spring and fall township newsletters
- Provide “how to” steps and information regarding stormwater management practices on township website
- Promote the Four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover
- Educational outreach to encourage residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practices
- Support Lower Gwynedd Township's annual e-waste collection events
- Promote the use of reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags
- Encourage active participation in wildlife habitat creation and preservation
- Provide stormwater management awareness and education
- Support the recycling efforts of businesses in Lower Gwynedd Township:
- "I Like the Pike"
- Revitalization in accordance with sustainable / green infrastructure practices
- Partner with Wissahickon School District on sustainable projects with the goal of student body involvement
- Battery recycling program
INITIATIVES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant:
- Facilitated application for 2016 Growing Greener grant
- Educational outreach pertaining to Basin Naturalization Projects / Rain Garden
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Management Options:
- Management options for homeowners/businesses
- Walks and talks regarding the SLF
Naturalized Landscapes and Education Outreach:
- Low maintenance homeowner lawn care practices
- Promote benefits of native plants and removal of invasive plant species
- Encourage active wildlife habitat creation and preservation
- Benefits of pollinators/ensuring their survival
- Native plant plug and tree giveaways
- Mike McGrath (You Bet Your Garden) presentation/ community event on organic and sustainable lawn care practices
- Planted native tree species on Ingersoll / Clayton House
- Provided instruction on proper composting techniques, tree planting and care
- Outreach to residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practices
- Promote use of reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags
- Support township’s annual e-waste collection events
- Partner with Wissahickon School District and student body on sustainable projects
- Establish outreach through Facebook page
Birds and Bird Town:
- Conduct bird walks at Penllyn Woods and Christmas bird counts at Treweryn Farm Trail
- Established township as an Audubon Society-designated Bird Town in 2015
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Lower Gwynedd Township
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477
Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357
*COVID-19 Restrictions: Access to the Township Building is by appointment only.