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Bushkill Township planted a rain garden on the 90-acre Ballas Tract, which is located off of Kromer Road, in the Spring of 2019. This property has experienced runoff and erosion issues soon after the completion of the parking lot. This was due to sheet flow coming off the upper end of the parking lot and the mowed lawn area above the parking lot.
The planting of native plants and grasses in the rain garden increases the species diversity of the area while providing cold clean water to Sobers Run. The rain garden is allowing stormwater runoff to infiltrate into the ground where it is filtered and cooled before entering a tributary of Sobers Run. This project serves to educate the local community and park visitors about rain gardens and how stormwater Best Management Practices can effectively operate if installed correctly.