From the greener suburbs of Montgomery County to urbanized Manayunk, the Wissahickon Creek courses through some of the region’s most-scenic areas and alongside a well-traveled trail. It is a popular fishing, and even a swimming, stream.
It is also a troubled stream; a source of concern, particularly since it supplies 10 percent of Philadelphia’s drinking water.
The Environmental Protection Agency has identified the Wissahickon’s water quality as “impaired,” and efforts to improve it have been more than a decade in the making.
But under a new EPA initiative, efforts to clean up the Wissahickon stand to get a significant boost this summer.