The Pennypack Creek Watershed covers 56 square miles in twelve municipalities in southeast Pennsylvania and includes a population of over 300,000 people. Over the past 30 years, the watershed has undergone a considerable amount of development and suburbanization. Changes to the landscape have led to a number of problems, including ecological degradation and an increased incidence of flooding. No coordinated stormwater management program exists.
What started as an epiphany to Trout Unlimited’s Mike Wilson, however, has evolved into a model approach to stormwater management involving a broad base of stakeholders and focusing on action rather than words. While working on a streambank restoration project in the lower Pennypack Creek, Mike began thinking about the larger Pennypack watershed and realized that his efforts would probably have a greater impact if they were taking place further upstream.
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