As a follow up to the grant awardees of the National Fish and Wildlife Grants that we discussed in an earlier post, today our blog will discuss two projects in particular: The Jenkintown Creek Restoration project in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford and The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative’s (EDCSC/The Collaborative) rain garden and BMP best practice campaign in the Darby-Cobbs.
To find out more about the other projects and more about the National Fish and Wildlife grant, see our post from July 25th.
Julie Slavet of TTF discusses the $155,000 grant in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford:
The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) has been awarded a Delaware River Restoration Fund grant of $155,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a project along the headwaters of the Jenkintown Creek in Abington Township. The Jenkintown Creek Restoration Project will restore floodplain, create and improve habitat, and manage stormwater.
Through the Jenkintown Creek Restoration Project, TTF will work with project partner and host Abington Friends School to design and construct a 25,000 square foot riparian buffer along both sides of the Jenkintown Creek and a 1,700 square foot rain garden/headwaters wetland and bioswale to manage 17,000 square feet of impervious parking lot surface. Working with the Sisters of St. Basil, TTF will design and implement a 1,400 square foot bioretention area to manage 14,000 square feet of impervious parking lot surface, as well as a 6,000 square foot constructed wetland, created by breaching and demolishing a concrete pool.
Through active participation, including informational meetings, site visits, and planting days, we will engage and educate students, our partner organizations, and the surrounding communities about watershed and water quality issues. Interpretive signage will be provided at both locations.
Jamie Anderson of Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative discusses the $51,290 grant in the Darby-Cobbs Watershed:
The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative (EDCSC/The Collaborative) will partner to create a network of demonstration Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMPs) demonstration projects , focused on rain gardens, in the heavily urbanized sections of the Darby and Cobbs Creeks in Delaware County. PRC and EDCSC will work directly with the 7 municipal members of the EDCSC, watershed groups, local community groups, businesses and schools to locate areas within their boundaries where a stormwater BMP project would benefit water quality.
Locations will be selected in areas with high visibility to generate optimum education and outreach potential. Workshops on the importance of stormwater management will be conducted including hands on training in rain garden construction with the goal of creating a network of trained volunteers to assist in further installation on private properties.
Through coordination with the Haverford Township EAC, a process will be developed to reach out to private property owners, select location sites, and with the assistance of the volunteer network, install gardens on individual properties.
We look forward to seeing these wonderful projects progress into the future!