Implementation — How we Protect

Goal: Protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure a resilient environment that supports healthy communities.

Promote benefits of natural resource protection

Promote the many benefits of protecting natural resources to the public and municipalities through a variety of platforms.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Development of tools, guides, and education promoting natural resource benefits.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Planning      
CC Water Res    
CC Conserv Dist        
Conservation Orgs          
Land Trusts        
Municipalities          

Provide natural resource policy and ordinance assistance

Encourage and assist municipalities to update and enhance natural resource protection policies and regulations.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Assistance to municipalities on protection ordinances.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Planning    
CC Water Res        
Conservation Orgs          
CCATO          
Land Trusts        
Municipalities        

Enhance countywide water resources planning

Revise Chester County's water resources plan Watersheds to update the science-based integrated water resources planning and countywide stormwater plan to address future growth.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Updating of Watersheds/Act 167 plan.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Water Res      
CC Planning        
Conservation Orgs          
Municipalities        

Monitor impacts of change on water resources

Utilize the countywide water resources monitoring network to assess and respond to changing resource conditions resulting from growth and land use change.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Expansion and enhancements of current Chester County Water Resources Authority water monitoring efforts.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Water Res    
CC Health Dept      
CC Emer Services          
USGS          
Conservation Orgs      

Enhance stormwater technical assistance and collaboration

Enhance technical assistance to municipalities and partners to address stormwater and polluted runoff issues.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Additional technical assistance.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Water Res      
CC Planning        
CC Conserv Dist        
Conservation Orgs        
CCATO          
CC Com Dev        

Promote innovative practices for improved water quality

Promote innovative initiatives, practices, and technologies that protect and improve water quality as model projects.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Development of educational materials and best practice examples. Design of future county construction projects to reduce stormwater impacts.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Planning        
CC Water Res      
CC Conserv Dist      
Conservation Orgs    
CC Health Dept          
Utility Companies    
Land Trusts      
CC Fac & Parks        
Developers        
Municipalities    

Enhance flood resiliency

Enhance flood resiliency through flood control infrastructure improvements and encouraging local actions for floodplain management and protection.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Refining of educational materials and tools. Completion of dam rehabilitation planning and projects as scheduled.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Water Res  
CC Planning        
CC Emer Services      
Municipalities    
Conservation Orgs    
Land Trusts    

Support municipal on-lot sewage management programs

Expand technical assistance to municipalities for implementing on-lot sewage management programs.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Additional technical assistance.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Health Dept    
Municipalities    
Conservation Orgs          
CC Water Res