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Wissahickon: Creek In Crisis - Time for Action

​Hosted by Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, the meeting, “A Creek in Crisis: Time for Action,” will take place on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Arts Center Theater at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington and is open to the public. At 5:30, light refreshments will be served. Local organizations and businesses will also be exhibiting before the meeting.

This is a follow up to a 2012 town hall meeting which began a regional conversation about the current conditions in the Wissahickon Creek with respect to flooding, water chemistry and biology and the relationships between land use and watershed health.

“By bringing citizens together to learn more about the Wissahickon and its importance to the region, we hope to raise awareness about the creek as a valuable resource,” said Maura McCarthy, executive director of Friends of the Wissahickon.

”When you educate municipalities and citizens alike on the issues facing the water quality of the Wissahickon Creek and get everyone on the same page, all of our collective actions can make a positive impact and move the needle on improving water quality,” said Dennis Miranda, executive director of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

The Wissahickon Creek has a humble beginning in the parking lot of the Montgomery Mall, but it is a significant waterway providing approximately 10 percent of Philadelphia’s drinking water as well as recreation, beauty for area residents and habitat for local wildlife. The creek continues through nine municipalities to the confluence of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Over 130 species of birds can be found in the watershed, as well as 15 mammal species and 574 species of native plants.

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Wednesday, May 13
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Germantown Academy
Arts Center Theater

340 Morris Road
Ft. Washington

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Questions can be directed to one of the following people:

Erin Mooney, Publicist, Friends of the Wissahickon
267-788-2196; mooney@fow.org

Gina Craigo, Special Events Manager, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
215-646-8866; gina@wvwa.org

Moderator:

Patrick Starr, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be moderating.

Panelists:

Chris Crockett, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services at the Philadelphia Water Department, who has over 18 years of experience in the water, stormwater, and wastewater industry.

Jeff Featherstone, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) at Temple University. Professor Featherstone’s teaching expertise includes planning politics and administration, and environmental planning and politics, and water resources planning and management.

Michael Helbing, Staff Attorney at PennFuture, whose practice focuses primarily on water quality protection and stormwater management issues.

Stephanie Figary, Water Quality Program Manager at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, who runs WVWA’s water quality sampling with over seven years of research and field experience in freshwater ecology.

Sarah Marley, Outreach Manager at Friends of the Wissahickon, who works to educate and motivate communities to improve water quality in the Wissahickon Creek.