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.
Map and Restoration Plan:
BRC has been awarded two new grants for stream restoration of 2,001 feet of Plum Run along Tigue Road in East Bradford Township. The project continues implementation of our Stream Restoration Plan for over 2 miles of Plum Run to reduce sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous from entering the stream, reduce bank erosion and improve habitat for fish and aquatic life.
BRC has completed 5 projects on over a mile of Plum Run to date. Our current project is to restore nearly a mile of Plum Run on Tigue Road from the West Chester University’s Gordon Natural Area to the historic Strode’s Mill site owned by East Bradford Township. Funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and a DEP Growing Greener Grant is funding Phase 1 of the project with restoration work starting in October.
A new grant of $150,000 from NFWF will fund Phase 2 of the project. Funding for this grant comes from the Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) with major funding, strategic planning and support provided by the William Penn Foundation.
Another $244,867 grant for Phase 2 has been awarded from the Watershed Restoration and Protection program from Pennsylvania DCED. Special thanks to State Rep. Christina Sappey and state Sen. Andy Dinniman for their support. Implementation of Phase 2 restoration could begin this winter.
The Plum Run Watershed, encompassing five municipalities, is a focus area for our Brandywine Creek Watershed. BRC is pleased to be part of a four-state initiative to improve the Delaware River Watershed, the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, and do our part in the Brandywine – Christina River Basin with our local conservation partners. For more information click here.