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Philly Upstream Partners

The WVWA is excited to be part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, funded by the William Penn Foundation and started in 2014.

The goal of the initiative is to ‘move the needle’ and improve the water quality of the Delaware River Basin by targeting smaller watersheds, like the Wissahickon Creek. This effort is composed of watershed organizations, universities and statewide groups in the Delaware River Basin, covering the entire Delaware River watershed, from parts of New York State down to the mouth of the Delaware River in Delaware.

The Philly Upstream Partnership creates a unified effort throughout the Northern and Western Philly Suburbs to improve water quality in the Cobbs, Pennypack, Poquessing, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford, and Wissahickon watersheds.

As the lead organization for the Wissahickon Creek, the WVWA’s goals are to improve the water quality through: 

  • Monitor changes in water quality and stream habitat in the Wissahickon by expanding WVWA’s current Stream Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) and assisting cluster partners in creating a Stream MAP in their watersheds
  • Create a new citizen-based monitoring program, known as Creek Watch, which was launched in the Summer of 2014. Interested? Contact Lindsay Blanton at lindsay@wvwa.org
  • Educate citizens on the state of the Wissahickon and ways to protect the creek through expanded education and outreach efforts
  • Improve water quality and management of stormwater through restoration projects
  • Partner with local municipalities, large landowners, and commercial owners to create additional education and restoration projects

 

See what our partners are up to!

 

Stream Smart House Calls

As part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, WVWA is focusing partnership, project, and monitoring efforts on the headwaters of the Sandy Run. We are launching a new program in a pilot area at the headwaters of the Sandy Run called Stream Smart House Calls. 

The Stream Smart House Calls program creates avenues for improved stormwater management on private property in this densely urbanized watershed where large restoration project opportunities are limited. Our program will help educate you on stormwater pollution and provide an opportunity to have a stormwater audit of your property.

The audit will identify changes you can take to reduce runoff from your property, which leads to downstream flooding. Each audit will provide owners with a detailed report regarding the current stormwater situation on the property, and the various best management practices you can take to reduce this impact.

WVWA will be reaching out to homeowners in a targeted area (see map) to conduct ‘stormwater audits’ and explore ways to improve their properties with tailored plans for rain barrels, rain gardens, and other projects to manage runoff. The goal is to improve habitat, water quality, and ultimately reduce flooding in the Sandy Run.

Focus groups and information sessions will be held in Fall/Winter 2018 and House Calls will begin in 2019.

If you are a resident near Roychester Park and Overlook Elementary School interested in participating in this program, please contact Lindsay Blanton at lindsay@wvwa.org.