The following case studies showcase successful local initiatives that can serve as examples of natural resource preservation methods, either for the purpose of improving water quality and habitat or as a component of the development/redevelopment process. These case studies can be applied to a variety of project types undertaken by both municipalities and individuals alike.

Streamside Forest Buffers Preserving Water Quality: The Stroud Water Research Center Project

Discover what internationally acclaimed Stroud Water Research Center has found out about the benefits of healthy forests bordering streams. They not only prevent numerous pollutants from reaching the water, but also multiply the stream's natural ability to cleanse itself of pollutants that do make their way into the water. On a small farm that is typical of many in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, best management practices including contour farming, terraces, and grass waterways work in tandem with a swale and forested buffer to protect the stream--and therefore, the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more.

Limiting the Impacts of Development on Nature: Comprehensive Natural Resource Protection Standards

Establishing comprehensive resource protection standards provides a municipality with both environmental and ecological value. The protection and enhancement of natural resources provide economic and quality-of-life benefits. Learn more.

Supporting Sustainability through Education and Renovations: The Brandywine Valley Association

Since 1945 the Brandywine Valley Association in Pocopson Township has promoted the restoration, preservation, and conservation of natural resources in the Brandywine Valley. As one of the oldest watershed associations in the country, the BVA has made a longstanding commitment to educating Brandywine Valley residents about the importance of their watershed and ways they can help protect it so that future generations may continue to enjoy its many benefits - both in beauty and functionality. Learn more.