World Water Day 2011: What will you do?

Sure, the stats are bleak:

  • Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water.
  • One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.
  • Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence, including war.

And yet the reality is that CLEAN WATER is possible.


charity: water is one of of many great groups working to bring clean water to those less fortunate than us. We love their mission, their approach, and the way they share the stories of the difference they’re making all over the world.

Check them out. Learn more about the issue. Pledge your support. Go to their site >>

The story of charity: water – The 2009 September Campaign Trailer from charity: water on Vimeo.

Mar 11 Schuylkill Watershed Congress: We’ll be There. Will You?

Every year, dozens of passionate people come together to share ideas, experiences, and their love of local waterways at the Schuylkill Watershed Congress–and we’ve been proud to present our materials quite a number of times. This year, we’re teaming up with the Brandywine Conservancy to promote an exciting new education and advocacy tool we developed together. Come check us out in our afternoon Poster session: Site Design Procedure for Better Stormwater Management.

Here’s our abstract:

GreenTreks Network and the Brandywine Conservancy Environmental Management Center have collaborated to bring a whole new level of awareness to the challenges and opportunities for those charged with creating and implementing stormwater management programs through StormwaterPA. The latest result of the partnership is a multimedia, guided tour to integrating stormwater management into the land development process, from initial planning to final design.

This presentation provides insight into the latest thinking in conservation design and introduces this new tool to help engineers, advocates, and municipalities understand the process of creating the most appropriate plan for a particular site. The Site Design Procedure toolkit provides several pathways through the site planning process, including a narrated walk through, schematic flowchart, and step-by-step checklist. Besides offering a nice summary overview, it provides a comprehensive discussion document, and incorporates video segments, supporting materials (including relevant excerpts from the PA BMP Manual), and a new Model Ordinance (fully updated by the Conservancy in January, 2010).

The Schuylkill Watershed Congress puts its focus on networking across disciplines and a goal of presenting new information about watershed restoration, and has become a highly anticipated event for watershed citizens interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams. Learn more here >>

If you can’t make it to Pottstown on Saturday, we’ll let you in on a secret: even though it’s not officially being promoted on StormwaterPA until our new site is launched, you can view the multimedia Site Design Procedure online now.  Turn on your speakers, sit back, and get ready to be WOWed. We think it’s pretty cool.

Ready?  Set? Check it out here >>

Missed the Screening? Don’t despair, the Green City, Clean Waters series is online

We had a great turnout to our Premier Screening event at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center on October 6 — and you’ll be seeing alot of us and the inspiring Green City, Clean Waters videos over the next several months. If you just can’t wait for the next chance to view the videos in all their splendor on the Big Screen at a community event, we’re rewarding your impatience by making them available on on Green City, Clean Waters Channel at

We’ll introduce a new one here each week. Check out the first video in the series now, and share it around:

Green City, Clean Waters from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

The videos are also available on YouTube, so if you’re more of a “Toober”, watch ‘em there, embed ‘em, email ‘em to friends:

Like what you see? Great news: The entire series, plus a handful of other videos showing innovative ways other communities are preventing runoff from polluting our waterways, will available on DVD soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for more details…

Solving Runoff Block by Block

In cities, we have severely altered the natural water cycle; during storms, this can cause street and basement flooding and result in rainwater carrying pollution into our rivers and streams. Greening movements all over the country are finding new ways to manage this problem and are considering stormwater runoff as a resource instead of a waste.

Every homeowner can play a role and have a positive impact through simple actions like disconnecting downspouts, keeping storm drains clean, and diverting rooftop runoff into rain barrels.

Reverend Williams, considered by many to be the Pied Piper of Germantown, demonstrates how every little bit helps:

Solving Runoff Block by Block from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

Learn More at StormwaterPA