PennDOT to begin construction activities along the Wissahickon Creek and Green Ribbon Trail in Upper Dublin Township
Beginning on or about May 13, 2019, construction activities will commence along the Wissahickon Creek and Green Ribbon Trail in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County. The work involves the removal of a breached dam on the Wissahickon Creek as well as the associated streambed restoration and stabilization of the adjacent stream bank.
Construction will begin with the installation of protective erosion control measures and the installation of a construction access road (accessing the site from Butler Pike), as well as the installation of a temporary trail, to be utilized during construction. Trail users are advised to be cautious of construction equipment in the area and to stay behind the protective fence at all times.
This work is being performed as part of the stream mitigation requirements associated with PennDOT’s U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) reconstruction and widening project from Township Line Road to Morris Road. The general contractor on the project is James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia. For more information, visit: https://www.us202.com/us-202-600
EPA to perform Superfund Cleanup Activities in Wissahickon Creek
**Update 4/22/19: Work has been completed and the trail is re-opened!**
As part of its ongoing cleanup of the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site, the US Environmental Protection Agency will be conducting waste removal and stream-bank restoration activities within the Wissahickon Creek starting April 10, 2019. For safety purposes, the Green Ribbon Trail will be closed between the Mount Pleasant Avenue and Butler Pike Bridges while this work is being conducted. EPA anticipates that the trail closure will last approximately 10 working days starting April 10, 2019. Any questions regarding EPA’s work or the trail closure can be directed to Gina Soscia, EPA’s community involvement coordinator, at 215-814-5538 or email@example.com.
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PennDOT Wetland Mitigation Project
Relating to forest disturbance along Morris Rd just North of Butler Pike
Note: This is not a WVWA project; all work is being completed by PennDOT.
The habitat disturbance you can see at the corner of Morris Rd and Butler Pike is a wetland mitigation project related to PennDOT’s proposed 202 widening project (S.R. 0202, Section 600). This highway reconstruction project will disturb 0.37 acres of wetlands along the Wissahickon Creek, and as a result of this PennDOT is required to mitigate that disturbance by restoring and/or replacing wetland habitat elsewhere in the watershed[I]. The proposed mitigation will have value and functions equal to or greater than the wetland areas lost as a part of the 202 widening project construction.
Local organizations and agencies including WVWA, Natural Lands, and the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) were consulted as part of the wetland mitigation site selection process. WVWA recommended the site at Morris Rd and Butler Ave because at the time there was imminent threat of residential development at this site. The site is now referred to as the Prophecy Creek Mitigation Site.
The 7.4-acre Prophecy Creek Mitigation Site was acquired by PennDOT for this wetland mitigation, as well as to preserve additional stream and wetland areas and surrounding uplands, which are primarily forested. The areas planned for wetland construction had previously been mowed and contain some mature trees, which have been surveyed and located on the Wetland Mitigation Plan. Trees surrounding the proposed wetland construction area will be avoided to the extent practicable. Trees that cannot be avoided will be incorporated into the site plan as habitat in the form of brush piles or fallen wood. After the site has been graded, vegetation will be planted in the wetland replacement area and throughout the areas of the restoration site. A diversified native planting scheme will be used to create a wetland with food, cover, and nesting sites for indigenous wildlife of the project area.
For more information, visit www.us202.com/us-202-600
I The investigation for a wetland mitigation site was conducted according to the hierarchical procedure outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (February 7,1990).
WVWA Welcomes 2 New Board Members
Keith Eby is a lifelong resident of Lower Gwynedd and lives in Gwynedd Valley with his wife, two daughters, and dog. He attended Germantown Academy and Temple University. Keith is a portfolio manager with Haverford Trust, responsible for helping individuals and institutions manage their current and financial needs. Keith currently sits on the WVWA Development Committee, finding and securing sources of funding so the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association can fulfill its mission. He has also served on other organization committees including Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and the Penllyn Club. Keith is an avid trail user and understands first-hand the community and environmental benefits of the protecting open space along the Wissahickon Creek.
Kate Harper has been a partner at Timoney Knox since 1997. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the House of Representatives, representing eastern Montgomery County for eighteen years. Kate has a general practice, but focuses on land use (particularly municipal, conservation and zoning law), real estate and civil.
Kate has been a friend to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and more importantly, a friend to open space protection in the Watershed, for decades. She worked with local municipal leadership to help WVWA get support from 13 municipalities in the watershed to adopt an intergovernmental agreement for developing a shared plan for improving water quality in the Wissahickon Creek. Kate was also instrumental in the protection of Penllyn Woods, 77-acre wooded nature preserve and park in Lower Gwynedd Township.
WVWA Receives $100k to Implement Stream Smart
Wolf Administration Announces State Investment to Install Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Montgomery County
Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to implement a stormwater infrastructure outreach program in Montgomery County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
This Growing Greener grant will be used to launch “Stream Smart”, an outreach program designed to recruit residents willing to learn about, install, and maintain green stormwater infrastructure on residential properties. Embracing actions such as rain barrels, tree planting, and rain gardens in the Sandy Run watershed are expected to reduce stream sediment by more than 3,500 pounds per year.
“Innovative projects such as this will likely serve as a demonstration for future outreach and residential projects”, said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Working together as partners, neighbors and communities is vital to the long-term success of these efforts.”
One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth.
The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.