Will N. Wayne Field Become Stormwater Basin?

A stormwater project would slow run-off from less than 10 percent of the Gulph Creek watershed in North Wayne.

Radnor officials and residents on Monday discussed a proposal to turn North Wayne playing field into a pond-and-basin stormwater facility.

"All three options Cummins proposed would reduce the ball field there to a dry basin designed to slow up to 80 percent of the storm-water that rampages from that source through the Poplar Ave. and Willow Ave. area during Wayne’s increasingly numerous heavy rains," reports Main Line Media News.

Read all about the discussion Monday by clicking here.

Residents of North and South Wayne have suffered serious stormwater problems in recent years. Is this a good part of the solution to their problems? Tell us in the comments below.

See the damage that happens to some residents' homes when it rains.

Township manager Bob Zienkowski's message about the issue was posted on the township's Web site:

Your input is very valuable as we work through all the various options that are currently being considered by the Township in this entire drainage area. 
Also, please know that no decision has been made to date on a particular design or location as well as no funds have been appropriated or available for any improvement projects at this time.  I have reached out to PECO, AT&T and SEPTA in regard to their water contributions to this issue and they are awaiting a plan from the Township on how we plan to proceed.   At that time, we will engage them as part of the solution.  I have also forwarded your email on to Chagrin Valley Engineering for their review and consideration.

Please also know that our Director of Recreation & Community Programming, Tammy Cohen, has also been involved in these discussions in which she has expressed her concerns over the loss of park & open space and the athletic fields which will also be playing in to our decision here as well.

Sharpie September 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The underground water control facility should be removed in entirety since it is impervious. This, in itself, is creating problems. The water has to percolate through the soil, or gravel bed. Removing this entire facility of piping and concrete surface, along w repaving streets, driveways, and sidewalks in a watershed w pervious paving that allow water to percolate down on site, and planting trees w large root systems will prevent flooding.
Dan Webster September 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
John: Your diligence in getting these meetings posted to YouTube is appreciated.
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( September 27, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Sharpie...trees and pervius paving may help one day, however the flooding situation on Gulph Creek is way beyond the solutions that these methods provide. I suggest you read the reports that I linked in earlier posts, reports written by experts who studied the flooding situation at Gulph Creek. If you'll provide your contact info then I'll make sure to invite you to our home to experience 1st hand the next flood....nothing like on the job training! You'll want to trade in your BB gun for something far more powerful!
Sharpie September 27, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Experts don't always have the best information, or don't act on it. Solutions are far more simple in general than what we have. The fact that one young person already practically lost his life in rushing waters, and is struggling to hold on to what is left of his life, should motivate people to do the right thing. Keep it simple. Could care less about power; it is common sense and mercy that is lacking.
Sharpie September 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM
One last comment on paving. Blacktop roads and highways are contributing significantly to global warming in addition to creating flooding issues as mentioned. Even if every road can't be pervious, they shouldn't be black and absorbing more heat. Someone enterprising should invent a road surface that is light in color.


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