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Wissahickon Partnerships

Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership

In summer 2016, The City of Philadelphia joined 12 Wissahickon Creek Watershed municipalities and four wastewater treatment plants to form a Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership (WCWP). With cooperation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the WCWP seeks to develop a TMDL alternative to address aquatic life impairments in the Wissahickon Watershed. Over the next two years, the WCWP will develop and begin to implement a Water Quality Improvement Plan that identifies specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) to address water pollution.

For more information please visit the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership webpage hosted by the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association:

Wissahickon Watershed Partnership

The Wissahickon Watershed Partnership convened in 2010 as a network of public, private, and non-profit partners working to create and implement a watershed management plan that addresses water quality and quantity issues. The partnership has been succeeded by the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, noted above.

Partnership Working Page Archive

Wissahickon Environmental Center

The Wissahickon Environmental Center - associated with the Fairmount Park Commission - offers walks and outdoor educational events, as well as outdoor learning experiences, from forest ecology and watershed science.

Wissahickon Environmental Center Website

Friends of the Wissahickon

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) works in the Fairmount Park portion of the watershed, restoring and maintaining trails, regulating trail use, eliminating invasive plants and replacing them with native plants, controling stormwater runoff, and restoring and building park structures. You can train and be deployed as a FOW Trail Ambassador to help educate park users on watershed, natural history, and park management topics.

Friends of the Wissahickon Website

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association provides opportunities for local residents to Serve the Preserve through clean-ups, invasive plant removal and native species plantings. Association staff and volunteers are taking on restoration projects, ranging from wetlands restoration to stormwater management. The Association also offers a Life Long Learning Educational Series.

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Website

Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers

Much like the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers also work in the Fairmount Park portion of the watershed. Their restoration projects address clean ups, hydrology, stormwater management, invasive plant removal, reforestation, trail maintenance, and wildlife management. You can volunteer as an individual or as part of a group; internships are also be available!

Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers Website

Sisters of Saint Josephs

The Sisters of Saint Josephs (SSJ) are initiating an Earth Center at Chestnut Hill College under the stewardship of Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark. The Center is promoting educational programs with watershed stakeholders and is currently investigating stewardship and restoration opportunities on SSJ properties.

Sisters of Saint Josephs Website