What's Next for Montour Run?
Restoration projects and recommendations


Montour Run has long been identified as having impaired water quality. Stakeholder groups from private, public and government sectors examined stream water quality and submitted studies over the years. These studies helped define the water quality issues in Montour Run, focus restoration efforts and build community support for conservation.

Most recently, this work has resulted in the Montour Run Watershed Assessment & Implementation Plan. In addition to assessing the existing conditions of the watershed, the plan outlines next steps for local stakeholders and watershed partners to take in order to improve the Montour Run Watershed.

The plan recommendations come in a variety of forms from local policy recommendations to on-the-ground restoration projects. Many of the recommendations focus on improving stormwater management within the watershed. Listed below are some examples of the types of projects found in the Montour Run Watershed Assessment and Implementation Plan and many other watershed plans.


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Riparian Buffer and Stream Bank Restoration
Constructed stormwater wetlands are designed to maximize the removal of pollutants from stormwater runoff through particle settling, uptake by vegetation and filtration. Stormwater functions include storing and treating runoff to reduce peak runoff rates. The wetland can also provide wildlife habitat, wetland plants and aesthetic features.


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Rain Gardens
Rain gardens effectively treat stormwater by slowing water. Sediment and suspended solids settle at the surface of the mulch layer and filter through the mulch prior to entering the plant/soil/microbe complex media for infiltration and pollutant removal. Rain gardens provide green space and habitat.


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Wetland Restoration and Stormwater Treatment Wetlands
Constructed stormwater wetlands are designed to maximize the removal of pollutants from stormwater runoff through particle settling, uptake by vegetation, and filtration. Stormwater functions include storing and treating runoff to reduce peak runoff rates. The wetland can also provide wildlife habitat, aesthetic features and recreation opportunities.


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Curb Extensions and Street Planters
These roadway improvements at intersections and along roads calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety, while collecting, storing and treating stormwater. Stormwater is detained, and plants and engineered soils encourage and enhance infiltration.

After four years of collecting, organizing and analyzing data, ACCD has completed the Montour Run Watershed Assessment and Implementation Plan. This plan outlines data previously collected over the years by a number of watershed stakeholders, pollutants affecting the stream and ways to improve water quality. ACCD and Ethos Collaborative used a combination of field visual assessments and GIS modeling to get a complete look at the watershed.

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