Greening West Goshen: Understanding the Link Between Fertilizer and Stream Health

Few moments in life are more mesmerizing than watching clear stream water flow over pebbles, under logs, and through chutes and riffles. We notice the colors, the play of light and shadow, and minnows swimming freely.  In Pennsylvania, healthy streams exist where the input of nutrients is well-matched to the needs of the diverse populations […]

Greening West Goshen: Clean Stream Tips

Clean water is vital to our health, communities, and economy. People depend on clean water for their health: The United States Environmental Protection Agency claims that about 117 million Americans – one in three people – get their drinking water from streams protected by the Clean Water Rule. Clean water is vital for healthy ecosystems […]

Coming Soon… West Goshen’s Sustainability Committee!

West Goshen is currently in the process of forming a Sustainability / Environmental Advisory Committee.  As a first step, the township is seeking members of an ad hoc committee to define the purpose and functions of the to-be-created committee. Neighboring communities such as West Chester and East Goshen have similar committees that make recommendations or […]

Scrape Spotted Lanternfly Eggs this Winter

Help prevent the spread of the spotted lanternfly by scraping egg masses you may see on trees. Please check your trees for egg masses such as the one pictured and follow these instructions for scraping and disposing of the egg masses: Pull out a plastic card or putty knife. Glance around for the nearest tree […]

Master Composter Classes

The Chester County Solid Waste Authority will again offer Master Composter Classes to county residents. This FREE three-part class series is an opportunity for county residents to learn how to make their own nutrient-rich compost from kitchen and garden waste.  Participants will learn how to influence the key factors in composting (air, water, food, and […]

Anaerobic Digester and Operations Building Rehabilitation Project Update

The Anaerobic Digester and Operations Building Rehabilitation Project at the wastewater treatment facility, which began in December 2017, is now complete. The 6-million dollar project was initiated to replace aged and deteriorated infrastructure, to improve operations and personnel safety, and to prepare for future treatment requirements. Much of the electrical equipment upgrades were necessary to […]

Keeping West Goshen’s 93 Miles of Roads Snow Free

Each year, the West Goshen Township Newsletter publishes an updated snow removal guide for property owners with important information you should know before, during, and after each snowfall. Before the Snow Falls… Make sure the front of your mailbox is at least four to six inches behind the front of the curb and mounted at […]

Stormwater and Clean Stream Management

Why is stormwater management important? Unlike water that enters your municipal sewage system, stormwater is NOT cleaned and treated at a wastewater plant before it re-enters our streams and waterways. Stormwater runoff from roads and other impervious areas comes into contact with pollutants and allows those pollutants into our waters. It is essential that municipalities […]

Greening West Goshen: How to Properly Dispose of Leaves

There are many ways to dispose of leaves and your annual holiday tree. Please see West Goshen Township’s rules below for disposing of fall leaves:  DO compost leaves whenever possible (explained more below). DO place leaves in biodegradable bags or trash cans for collection on November 9th, November 23, or December 14. There is no […]

What Your Recycling Becomes

Recycling is beneficial to the environment in many ways. Recycling can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserve natural resources, increase economic security, prevent pollution, save energy, and support American manufacturing and help create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States. Most importantly by reducing the amount […]