Watershed Land Protection

One of the greatest threats to the Schuylkill River Watershed is the loss of open space. When undeveloped land is converted to hardscapes such as roads, parking lots, and buildings, water quality is impacted by both the introduction of new pollutants and a loss of the watershed's filtering capacity. Natural lands serve as a filter, removing pollutants before they enter waterways. 

Based on some projections, development is expected to increase by 40% in the Schuylkill River Watershed. The Watershed Land Collaborative Workgroup works with key stakeholders to implement conservation projects on high quality lands. By preserving high quality lands throughout the watershed, the workgroup is protecting water quality.

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Schuylkill Priority Lands Tool

The Schuylkill Watershed Priority Lands Strategy is a model that recognizes the Land-Water Connection and identifies the highest priority lands to protect.  The project uses GIS modeling to identify areas within the Schuylkill Watershed that are the most important to preserve for both ecological and drinking water source protection, further defined by development threat over the next 20 years.
 

Related Documents

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Schuylkill Priority Lands - Areas of Friction

Combined Schuylkill priority lands and future development projections from the 2007 Schuylkill Priority Lands Tool.

January 2, 2018 Download View

Schuylkill Priority Lands

Combined SmartConservation and Drinking Water Source prioritizations from the 2007 Schuylkill Priority Lands Tool.

January 2, 2018 Download View

Schuylkill Priority Lands - SmartConservation

SmartConservation Model for the Schuylkill River Watershed developed by Natural Lands.

January 2, 2018 Download View

Schuylkill Priority Lands - Drinking Water Source Prioritization

Map of Drinking Water Source Prioritization in the Schuylkill River Watershed developed by Philadelphia Water Department

January 2, 2018 Download View

Schuylkill Priority Lands - Future Development Projections

Future Development Projections in the Schuylkill River Watershed developed by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Includes DVRPC Regional Growth Model, Berks County Growth Model, and Schuylkill County Growth Model.

January 2, 2018 Download View