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WVWA Honors Wissahickon Community & Welcomes New Board Members

Ambler, PA (January 30, 2019) - The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) held their Annual Meeting at Germantown Academy on Tuesday, January 29. Members and friends attended the event to honor the dedication, work and spirit of the community. This year WVWA gave special recognition to several members of the community for their outstanding work, including Bill MacDonald, Saly Glassman, Nolan Painting and Whitpain Township. 

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NFWF Awards $2.2 Million in Grants to Improve Delaware River Watershed
WVWA Receives Portion of Funds for Stream

Ambler, PA (October 3, 2018) - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded 13 grants totaling $2.2 million for water quality restoration and habitat conservation in targeted regions throughout the Delaware River watershed. The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA), along with partner conservation organizations in Greater Philadelphia, applied for and received a Cornerstone Grant of $280,000 to improve water quality in our region. 

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Communities Connecting for a Clean Wissahickon:
A Watershed Moment with Lasting Impact

Ambler, PA (September 26, 2018) - On Wednesday, October 24, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will host “Communities Connecting for a Clean Wissahickon.” All residents of the Wissahickon Valley are invited to attend this public forum. A panel of regional and local stakeholders will share progress on the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership and discuss the watershed-wide research and planning that will result in a new holistic approach to improving water quality in the Wissahickon Watershed. This is a follow-up to two previous town hall meetings held in 2012 and 2015 on an issue that impacts everyone in the Watershed. 

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Preserving the Legacy of WVWA's Four Mills Barn
Generous Donor and Nolan Painting Fund Patch & Paint

Ambler, PA (September 10, 2018) - This summer, visitors may have noticed a flurry of activity around Four Mills Barn. Thanks to both a generous donor and the in-kind donation and outstanding work by Nolan Painting, the one-of-a-kind Four Mills Barn received a much-needed patch and paint job. 

Designed by prominent Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer in 1891, Four Mills Barn was part of a 93-acre estate originally owned by Charles Bergner of Bergner and Engle Brewing Company.  Over the next 100 years, its’ storied history included five owners, many of whom were prominent Philadelphians.

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WVWA Acquires 8-acre Cheston Family Preserve in Whitpain Township
Further Protecting the Prophecy Creek Corridor

Ambler, PA (August 21, 2018) - In June 2018, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) purchased the 8.01 acre Cheston Family Preserve at Briar Hill. This property is located at 610 Lewis Lane in Whitpain Township adjacent to Briar Hill Preserve and Prophecy Creek Park. Acquisition of this property was made possible through a partnership with Montgomery County, Whitpain Township and generous individual donors. This tract of land is especially important because it protects even more of the Prophecy Creek Corridor. The Preserve and a temporary trail extension will officially open to the public at a celebration scheduled for September 12, 2018 at 6 pm.

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WVWA Receives Funding for Clean Water Protection
William Penn Foundation Funded Delaware River Watershed Initiative Begins Phase II

Ambler, PA (April 06, 2018) – The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) is one of 65 nonprofit organizations who have recently been awarded grant funding to protect clean water in the Delaware River Basin as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI).  The William Penn Foundation announced $42 million in new funding for the DRWI, which is among the country’s largest non-governmental conservation efforts to protect and restore clean water. This additional $42 million will fund phase 2, a three-year investment (2018-2021), which builds on initial successes to protect and restore over 43,000 additional acres and continue science-driven, data-informed efforts to secure clean, abundant water in the basin. The DRWI is a first-of-its-kind collaboration involving 65 non-governmental organizations working together to protect and restore the Delaware River and its tributaries, which provide drinking water for 15 million people in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

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Construction on Pennsylvania Avenue at Piszek Preserve

Oreland, PA (February 27, 2018) - The Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over the Sandy Run at WVWA's Piszek Preserve in Springfield Township is scheduled to be replaced beginning in February and lasting until December 2018. This bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, which is an $899 million public-private partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges throughout the state - five of which are in Montgomery County. 

In addition to their commitment to public safety and roadway safety, PennDOT has also demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that protection of the stream and riparian zone is incorporated into their project plans. 

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