The Borough is a leader in the protection and care of the natural resources that beautify the borough and create the environment that borough residents have enjoyed for decades. In 2008, the borough council created an Environmental Advisory Council to research and report on the myriad of environmental issues that impact borough residents.
Doylestown Audubon Bird Town
Doylestown has joined the Audubon's Bird Town initiative to promote landscaping systems and restored natural heritage. This initiative is specifically designed to promote improved habitat for the aviary community and, in turn, Borough residents. The program includes review of homeowners’ property for bird friendly plantings and other habitat features by a trained Birdtown consultant. Participants in the program will also receive a listing of indigenous plantings that promote bird visitation.
Click here for the latest Birdtown Flyer
Chem-Fab Superfund Site
Community Update: 9/12/13 available here.
The Chem-Fab site is located at 300 North Broad Street in Doylestown, Pa. The company operated an electroplating and metal processing facility on the site from 1965 to 1994. Subsequently the property was used to store and dump other waste chemicals. Groundwater underlying the site is contaminated with metals associated with the electroplating process and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals commonly found in solvents and degreasers. The VOCs also impacted three nearby municipal wells and several residential wells. There is a potential for the VOC-contaminated groundwater to vaporize and enter homes near the site.
The following contaminants have been found at the site: tricholoroethene, hexavalent chromium, carbon tetrachloride, cis- 1,2-dichloroethene, 1,1-dichloroethene, tetrachloroethylene, 1,1,1-trichloroethene, and vinyl chloride.
The Chem-Site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in 2008 and clean up is imminent.
The Doylestown Borough Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) led the completion of an energy audit of Borough Hall in May, 2010. The purpose of this audit was to assess the efficiency of the building and to identify justifiable improvements to lower the building’s operating costs. The process and lessons learned can be applied to other residential and commercial buildings throughout the borough. As you will see in the report many areas of potential concern from an energy loss perspective were highlighted then, with the help of the EAC, a plan was developed to address only those areas with a reasonable payback based on energy /utility savings.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness that we know has been found in the Borough’s mosquito population in the past few years. We are asking all residents to take steps to reduce potential breeding grounds for mosquitos by:
- Emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels.
- Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths daily.
- Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
- Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.
- Clean gutters so they are totally dry between rainfalls.
- Survey your property regularly for wet spots.
- Contact the Borough using DWorks or by phone or email if you are aware of any standing water in warmer months so we can investigate.