Chester County is home to high-quality streams and waterways, prime agricultural soils and important natural areas like the Hopewell Big Woods and the White Clay Creek National Wild and Scenic River. This web page provides information on preservation guidebooks and mapping for natural resources including streams, wetlands, floodplains, and wildlife habitat.

Programs and Projects

This section contains information on ways to protect or improve the quality of Chester County's waterways, wildlife habitat, and greenspaces.

Protecting Natural Resources in Municipal Ordinances

View guidance and model examples of municipal ordinances and other planning techniques that municipal officials can use to better protect natural resources within their municipalities.

Natural Resources Mapping and Inventories

View information, data sheets, and maps that inventory Chester County's natural resources, as well as the annual inventory of protected open spaces. Most of these maps are compiled at the regional level by state and federal organizations.

Stormwater, Floodplains and Water Features tools

View information on planning techniques to protect or improve stormwater, water conservation and flooding.

Landscaping, Forestry and Wetlands tools

View information on sustainable landscaping and maintenance practices, including urban forestry and the care of street trees.

Environmental Infrastructure

Visit the Utilities and Infrastructure webpage for information on sewer infrastructure or public drinking water facilities.

County-wide Planning Policies


Landscapes3 is the comprehensive plan for Chester County, and renews the county's commitment to balancing growth and preservation to foster vibrant communities. Landscapes3 is organized around six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect, and addresses land use, growth, and preservation as part of the Landscapes Map. Natural resources are addressed primarily within the Protect goal area of Landscapes3, with limited discussion within Preserve.


View Watersheds, the county-wide Stormwater Management Plan, produced by the Chester County Water Resources Authority in 2002. It provides extensive information on water resources in the county.

Issues and Trends

Sustainable Practices

View local case studies demonstrating how organizations and municipalities have successfully protected or improved natural resources.

Preservation Trends

View a summary of preservation efforts in Chester County.


The CCPC works closely with other County departments as well as Federal and State agencies to protect Chester County’s natural resources. View a list of our partner agencies.