USPC Partners Host Second Watershed Tour Focusing on Green Infrastructure Improvements

February 16, 2017
Program Update

On November 9, 2016, PEC and the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster partners organized a second watersheds tour for William Penn Foundation staff on the Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI). The tour focused on progress made to date on with DRWI restoration programs ongoing in the five watersheds surrounding the city of Philadelphia.

img_3228Tour participants visited stormwater management and watershed restoration project sites, and heard from municipal, non-profit, university, and institutional stakeholders regarding issues related to improving and restoring these urbanized streams.

img_3248The tour guide book and the related handouts provided by presenters during the tour are post below. Also posted is a PowerPoint overview of Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster activities that was presented during a class room lunch session.

This presentation summarizes the restoration projects, education and outreach programming, and monitoring activities underway in these Philadelphia Area watersheds. Please feel free to download and review these documents.

You can contact Susan Myerov, PEC’s Program Director for Watersheds, or Paul Racette, Program Manager for Watersheds, with questions or comments at (215) 545-4570, or via email at smyerov@pecpa.orgpracette@pecpa.org.

 

Summaries of Each Document:

2016 Philadelphia Tour Brochure: Summarizes the watershed restoration projects and areas visited during the tour including:

  • Wissahickon Headwaters Area, including overview of Temple stream monitoring across the watershed, and summaries of municipal and Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association projects occurring in the headwaters area.
  • College Settlement stormwater treatment wetland, Pennypack Watershed
  • Pennsylvania Boulevard basin naturalization, Poquessing Watershed

PowerPoint Presentation Overview: This presentation summarizes the restoration projects, education and outreach programming, and monitoring activities underway in the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster.

Temple University Priority Project Report: The report summaries DRWI Phase 1 Project Implementation Activities that have occurred in the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster.

Village Circle Basin Retrofit: The Village Circle basin retrofit project in Whitpain Township was visited in its pre-construction phase during the August 2015 watershed tour. Since then the retrofit project has moved forward; a project summary was prepared for the November 9th

Villanova University Monitoring Handouts: Villanova provided the following summaries of their monitoring of restoration projects:

Temple University monitoring and modeling summary: Temple provided a handout summarizes their stream monitoring work in the Wissahickon, Pennypack, and Tookany Watersheds. They also summarized their modeling work.

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