The Wissahickon Valley is home to almost a quarter of a million people. In this highly developed area, water running off of roofs, driveways, lawns and parking lots picks up contaminants like motor oil and grease from automobiles, lawn chemicals, weedkiller, pet waste and other pollutants and washes them into local waterways. As a result, the Wissahickon’s sediment and phosphorus pollution levels far exceed federal Clean Water Act standards.
“The Wissahickon is in critical condition, and it’s not going to clean itself up – we need to take action,” said Dennis Miranda, Executive Director, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. “This beautiful natural resource in our backyards is being constantly damaged by polluted runoff and frequent flooding that damage businesses and homes. There is no easy or cheap solution, but now towns and sewer authorities have an unprecedented opportunity to work together to develop our own solutions to finally restore the Wissahickon Creek.”
Sixteen municipalities in the watershed have been asked to join the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership: Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Cheltenham Township Horsham Township, Lansdale Borough, Lower Gwynedd Township, Montgomery Township, North Wales Borough, Philadelphia County, Springfield Township, Upper Dublin Township, Upper Gwynedd Township, Upper Moreland Township, Whitemarsh Township, Whitpain Township, and Worcester Township.
Sewer authorities being asked to join are: Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Upper Gwynedd Township and Upper Dublin Township Wastewater Treatment Plants.
A growing number of Montgomery County municipalities and towns in the Wissahickon Creek watershed have passed resolutions to join this new partnership to address unhealthy water quality and reduce damaging flooding in the region. The City of Philadelphia, which gets 10 percent of its water from the Wissahickon Creek, has agreed to participate in the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, joining Upper Gwynedd, Springfield, Abington and Ambler.
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