Design and Construction

Information on stormwater management design and construction, including green roofs, rainwater cisterns, rain gardens and online toolkits for water resource managers. Tips on planting stormwater control systems and dealing with wet basements.

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How Can I Be a Good Stormwater Neighbor? - Articles Articles
It is important to realize that activities on your property can adversely affect your neighbor’s property, because water does not follow property boundaries More
Photo credit: Jennifer Fetter, Penn State University
Why Should I Care About Stormwater? - Articles Articles
Does stormwater really affect me? Why should I care? Whether you live in a town, the country, a city, or the suburbs – when it rains, the water that runs off needs somewhere to go. Stormwater affects everyone! More
Photo credit: Susan Boser, Penn State University
What is Stormwater? - Articles Articles

What is Stormwater?

Susan Boser

While you may be familiar with the term, have you ever wondered what stormwater is? More
Stormwater Basics
Stormwater Basics - Articles Articles

Stormwater Basics

Jennifer R Fetter

Ready-to-Use Educational Toolkit for Stormwater Management More
Pictured are Doug Hoke - York County Commissioner, Kipp Allison - Windsor Township Zoning Officer and Jodi Sulpizio - Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Penn State Extension York County.
Master Watershed Stewards in York County Present Outstanding Partner Award - News News
Watershed Stewards recognize local zoning officer for efforts to enhance water quality by installing a bioswale. More
Rain Gardens capture stormwater, provide wildlife habitat and reduce mowing by shrinking lawns. Photo: Roger Bannerman
Spring Yard Care Tips for Water Quality - News News
When you are thinking about spring projects, consider some tips to enhance water quality and manage stormwater. More
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens for Managing Household Stormwater
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens for Managing Household Stormwater - Webinars Webinars
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Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management. More
Using Green Infrastructure Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Using Green Infrastructure Reduce Stormwater Runoff - Webinars Webinars
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Melissa Hess, Senior Project Manager for URS, discusses green infrastructure projects installed in communities that are both beautiful and functional. More
Managing Water Resources To Protect Against West Nile Virus
Managing Water Resources To Protect Against West Nile Virus - Webinars Webinars
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Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, discusses the West Nile Virus. More
Is Pennsylvania Becoming Drought Resistant?
Is Pennsylvania Becoming Drought Resistant? - Webinars Webinars
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Paul Knight from Penn State examines trends in precipitation based on past data and data projections that will affect weather patterns in Pennsylvania. More
A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater
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The Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater walks a homeowner through the process of evaluating a property for stormwater runoff and identifying ways to reduce that runoff. More
WikiWatershed: An Online Toolkit for Water Resource Managers
WikiWatershed: An Online Toolkit for Water Resource Managers - Webinars Webinars
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WikiWatershed is a web toolkit to help citizens, practitioners, decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students to advance knowledge/stewardship of water. More
Managing Your Restored Wetland
Managing Your Restored Wetland - Articles Articles

Managing Your Restored Wetland

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D., Charles Andrew Cole, Ph.D., Robert P Brooks, Ph.D.

This manual for landowners describes where wetland restoration is possible and how it is done. It covers basic wetland concepts, ecological concepts and terms, wetland restoration, and maintenance. More
The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers - Webinars
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Presented by Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D. , President and Director of the Stroud Water Research Center More
Tips for Success in Establishing and Maintaining Forested Stream Buffers Tips for Success in Establishing and Maintaining Forested Stream Buffers - Webinars
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Presented by David Wise, Watershed Restoration Manager, Stroud Water Research Center More
Planting Stormwater Control Systems Planting Stormwater Control Systems - Webinars
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Presented by Connie Schmotzer, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension More
Penn State Center's Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh Penn State Center's Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh - Webinars
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Presented by Lisa Kunst Vavro, RLA, Sustainable Environments Manager, The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh More
Incorporating Green Infrastructure to Revitalize Your Community: Lancaster, PA Incorporating Green Infrastructure to Revitalize Your Community: Lancaster, PA - Webinars
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Presented by Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. More
Maintaining Green Infrastructure Systems in Your Commuity Maintaining Green Infrastructure Systems in Your Commuity - Webinars
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Presented by Robert Traver, Ph.D., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, Villanova University More
Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Overview of Villanova University's Research Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Overview of Villanova University's Research - Webinars
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Presented by Robert Traver, Ph.D., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. More
Green Infrastructure in Practice: Engaging Philadelphia
Green Infrastructure in Practice: Engaging Philadelphia - Webinars Webinars
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Presented by Tommy McCann, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension More
Green Roofs for Stormwater Management
Green Roofs for Stormwater Management - Webinars Webinars
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Presented by Robert Berghage, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Horticulture, Director of the Center for Green Roof Research, Penn State University More
Curbside infiltration planter in State College, PA
Artful Rainwater Design - Webinars Webinars
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Presented by Stuart Echols, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, & Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head & Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State More
Photo: Diane Oleson, Penn State Extension
Landscaping Professionals: Working for Cleaner Water and a Cleaner Look - Articles Articles
Stormwater is the water that runs off of houses, streets, parking lots, and other hard surfaces during rain events. It has been identified as a major cause of water pollution. More
Unveiling Penn State Extension's New 4-H Rain to Drain, Slow the Flow
Unveiling Penn State Extension's New 4-H Rain to Drain, Slow the Flow - Webinars Webinars
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Jennifer Fetter discusses the new "Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow" curricula - a fun, engaging, hands-on experiment and activity on the basics of stormwater. More
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