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  • Moorhead Environmental Complex: Educational Signage
    Events Support Support Home Donate Now Planned Giving Event Calendar Volunteer The Water s Edge Lecture Series Contact Us News What s New News Releases Media Coverage SAFE Water Award Newsletters Annual Reports Search Moorhead Environmental Complex Educational Signage These thumbnail images link to copies of the educational signs placed around the Moorhead Environmental Complex Click on a thumbnail caption to view a larger image You may also navigate through the features using the links in the menu on the left Campus Map Rain Garden Rain Garden Plants Green Roof Green Roof Plants Wetland Wastewater Treatment Wetland Plants Composting Toilets Geothermal Heating Cooling Radiant Floor Heating LEED Information Stroud Bench Origins Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater Management Landscaping Rain Garden Plants Green Roof Green Roof Plants Waste Treatment Constructed Wetlands Wetland Plants Composting Toilets Heating Cooling Geothermal System Radiant Heat Sustainable Materials Stroud Bench View Educational Signage The Team Design Engineering M2 Architecture Meliora Environmental Design Andropogon Associates Bruce E Brooks Associates Ann Rothmann Structural Engineering LLC Biohabitats David Nelson Associates LLC Construction Contractors Nason Construction Inc Subcontractors Owner s Representative Consilience LLC Research Critical Zone Observatory Schuylkill River Project Reforestation Project Long Term

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  • Moorhead Environmental Complex: Campus Map
    revealed a log cabin dating to about 1720 The cabin has been restored to its original style and now houses visiting scientists Over 44 years we have grown into a modern well equipped campus situated on a country road and overlooking White Clay Creek a nationally designated Wild Scenic River It is a place of contrasts rustic in appearance yet sophisticated in operation filled with art and devoted to science It evokes a sense of warmth and comfort that is an ideal climate for our flourishing research Timeline 1966 Stroud Water Research Center begins its existence in a space above Joan and Dick Stroud s garage 1968 The Center s original building is completed 1974 The research programs outgrow their space Additional space is required for graduate and post doctoral students classrooms and a lecture room 1976 Additions are completed The Center has adequate space to offer courses to university students provide opportunities for professional groups to come and learn about new research findings and host a public lecture series 1993 It becomes clear that the growing research and education programs have again outgrown their space Planning begins for the next expansion 1996 Major expansion adds research laboratories a teaching laboratory and a lunchroom and expands collections storage areas visiting scientist office space and the meeting room The 24 820 square foot facility is now four times the size of the original building 1999 The final project of this phase a new streamhouse for both research and education is dedicated in October 1999 2012 The Moorhead Environmental Complex is added to the campus adding new space for education and publich outreach in a state of the art green building History of the Center s campus Top row L to R log cabin circa 1720 Joan Dick Stroud s garage where

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  • Moorhead Environmental Complex: Rain Gardens & Porous Pavers
    Moorhead Environmental Complex uses natural landscaping to increase infiltration and reduce runoff and related non point source pollution Features include pervious surfaces and a green roof and rain gardens planted with native vegetation see the lists of our green roof plants and rain garden plants How can I manage stormwater on my property Identify low lying poorly draining or erosion prone areas and turn them into rain gardens Install rain barrels to collect rainwater and avoid runoff Read more about rain barrels Minimize your pavement Where pavement is necessary consider the wide variety of permeable paving options Rain garden templates are available The Low Impact Development Center offers rain garden templates for sunny and shady areas in the mountain Piedmont and coastal region of the mid Atlantic states Find your region on the map and then select a plan for sun or shade Check out this video for step by step instructions for installing a rain garden on your property Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater Management Landscaping Rain Garden Plants Green Roof Green Roof Plants Waste Treatment Constructed Wetlands Wetland Plants Composting Toilets Heating Cooling Geothermal System Radiant Heat Sustainable Materials Stroud Bench View

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  • Moorhead Environmental Complex: Rain Garden Plants
    conditions Depending on the site and rainfall amounts they may have to weather long periods of dry soil punctuated by periods of damp or even soggy soil Why choose native plants for your rain garden Choosing plants native to your area offers distinct advantages They are adapted to your soils and climate They are hardy and will survive without special care such as fertilizers or pesticides They provide food and shelter for wildlife including birds and butterflies They will often self seed or spread to fill the space resulting in lower planting costs iConserve Pennsylvania offers helpful brochures about native plants including a chart of common species for sunny moist gardens and shady moist gardens Where can I buy native plants Many nurseries garden centers and home improvement stores now carry some species of native plants iConserv Pennsylvania Buy Natives page has a list of nurseries that specialize in native plants Look for native plant sales in the spring in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware late April and early May brings plant and seed sales at Delaware Nature Society and the Brandywine Conservancy Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater Management Landscaping Rain Garden Plants Green Roof

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  • Rain Gardens for Storm Water Management: Moorhead Environmental Complex
    from those areas took the building methods with them as they moved into the American West creating sod houses in the nearly tree free landscapes of the great prairies Source http www greenroofs com Greenroofs101 history htm Get the details about the green roof at the Moorhead Environmental Complex See a magnified version of this sign or learn about our green roof plants Hide Details Protecting White Clay Creek We are pleased that our green roof is part of a stormwater management strategy that offers benefits to White Clay Creek WCC which flows at the edge of our campus and has been the focus of our research for more than 40 years The WCC watershed encompasses parts of Chester County Pennsylvania and New Castle County Delaware It flows into the Christina River near Newport Delaware which in turn flows into the Delaware River near Wilmington WCC is composed of three main branches in Pennsylvania East Middle and West and three main tributaries in Delaware Middle Run Pike Creek and Mill Creek In 2000 Federal legislation designated WCC and its tributaries as a National Wild and Scenic River signifying it as possessing outstanding scenic wildlife recreational and cultural value That marked the first time an entire watershed rather than just a section of river had been designated Approximately 17 of the watershed is protected open space providing a variety of habitats to a rich diversity of fish and wildlife 21 species of fish 33 species small mammals 27 species of reptiles and amphibians and over 90 species of breeding birds It is also a cultural and historic location that was originally settled by the Lenape Native Americans and presently has 38 properties on the National Register of Historic Places In addition nearly 130 000 people get their drinking water from the

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  • Stormwater Management: Moorhead Environmental Complex
    at the Moorhead Environmental Complex Green Roof Plants What plants are best suited to roof gardens As we saw with our rain garden plants the best choice for roof gardens are native plants Rather than selecting plants that can handle periods of drought and inundation for a roof garden you must focus on plants that tolerate heat dry conditions and minimal maintenance However there is another crucial factor to consider when planting a roof garden Soil depth and weight considerations Roof garden plant selection is intimately connected with the architecture and engineering of the building The final weight of the growing medium and plants must be accounted for in the design of the structure Shallow green roofs are the lightest but they require plants adapted to poor dry soil conditions These types of plants are best for inaccessible roofs that allow for minimal maintenance The most common plants used in shallow green roofs are sedums and other shallowly rooted succulents If you double the depth of the planting medium from 2 to 4 inches you can use a greater variety of plants including some native grasses and wildflowers Go deeper any you can use even more types of wildflowers but the increased weight is significant Minimal access minimal maintenance While there is a door leading to our green roof the space is intended for limited traffic A hose bib has been installed but we hope the plants will not need to be watered after they are rooted and established Sources http greengarage ca greenroofs plants php Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater Management Landscaping Rain Garden Plants Green Roof Green Roof Plants Waste Treatment Constructed Wetlands Wetland Plants Composting Toilets Heating Cooling Geothermal System Radiant Heat Sustainable Materials Stroud Bench View Educational Signage The Team

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  • Wetland Wastewater Treatment: Moorhead Environmental Complex
    them toward lakes rivers and oceans Scientists and engineers have sought to replicate many of these natural processes in engineered wetlands As of 2004 there were more than 1 000 constructed wetlands in operation in the U S and more than 5 000 operating in Europe When planned constructed and maintained properly they have many benefits including water reuse and wildlife habitat A newly planted constructed wetland top and the same site two years later How efficient are these systems at removing heavy metals In an EPA study conducted in 2003 on a four year old wetland treatment system with 48 hour retention time the following removal rates were achieved Copper and mercury greater than 80 removal Lead 83 removal Zinc 60 removal Nickel generally unaffected What about nutrient removal The same study showed that nitrates were removed completely from the water column as soon as it entered the wetland system and that the anaerobic conditions of the wetland reduced manganese and iron to soluble forms and increased dissolved organic carbon which is a food source for microorganisms How do you maintain a wetland treatment system Maintenance is minimal and consists of making sure that the vegetation is growing well and that water is flowing freely through the system Don t try this at home Unlike many of the green concepts and materials incorporated our building a wetland wastewater treatment system requires many layers of certification from design to implementation including the services of a professional engineer and certified installer Sources Wastewater Treatment and Heavy Metals Removal in the A 01 Constructed Wetland 2003 Report Guiding Principles for Constructed Treatment Wetlands Providing for Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat and Constructed Treatment Wetlands http en wikipedia org wiki Constructed wetland Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater

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  • Wetland Wastewater Treatment: Moorhead Environmental Complex
    the water and foster the growth of beneficial microbes Flash FLV Embed by VideoLightBox com v1 11 Two types of bulrush and the familiar cattail will grow five to ten feet tall and spread by rhizomes while cardinal flower pickerel weed and marsh marigold will add their filtering powers and a splash of seasonal color and provide wildlife habitat Because our wetlands work with subsurface water flow we might not attract reptiles or amphibians but the vegetation should provide food and nesting habitat for various birds and insects Some birds use the downy seeds of cattails to line their nests Cattails are a favorite perching and calling spot for male red winged blackbirds Check out this video of the males engaging in a songspread display where they puff out their brilliant red wing patches as they sing But not all wildlife is welcome One of the advantages of a subsurface flow constructed wetland is that without surface water our wetland won t breed mosquitoes Click to learn about our rain garden plants Hide Details Sources The Nature Conservancy Producers Fact Sheet Find Out More Introduction Campus History Map LEED Platinum Certification Stormwater Management Landscaping Rain Garden Plants Green Roof Green

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