Plum Run is a 3.5 square mile watershed characterized by urban development in the headwaters (West Chester Borough), suburban development in much of the remaining area, and open space development (Radley Run Golf Course) at the bottom. The stream is impaired by stormwater runoff from impervious areas, which results in streambank erosion, sedimentation, and the addition of nutrients. Addition sources of impairment are discharges from a small sewage treatment plant and rlunoff form the golf course. Plum Run has a TMDL for sediment and nutrients.
- A stream evaluation for Plum Run was completed by Danielle DiFrederico as part of her Master’s thesis at West Chester University
- William Penn Foundation funded a comprehensive restoration plan in 2007
- RETTEW completed the Restoration Plan for Plum Run Watershed February 2008
- A workshop highlighting watershed stewardship and the Restoration Plan for Plum Run was held at West Chester University in May 2008
- DEP Growing Greener II Watershed Renaissance Initiative Grant was submitted May 2008 for restoration work throughout the watershed
- February 2009, BVA and Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) were awarded $141,000 to complete Phase 1 and 2 of the watershed restoration work.
- Phase 1 of the work stabilized the severely eroding stream bank next to Strode’s Mill. The stream bank on the opposite side was lowered allowing high water to flow out into the floodplain during storm events.
- Phase 1 also included the installation of two demonstration rain gardens in the head waters of Plum Run.
- Phase 2 of the work completed restoration of 3 sites totaling 5,100 feet including the Phase 1 site.
- Over 1,000 trees and shrubs planted along the restored stream.