1. The Wissahickon Creek starts in Montgomery County, and flows some 27 miles through 15 municipalities before draining in to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Besides contributing drinking water to the City of Philadelphia, the Wissahickon Creek is a designated trout stream. The park areas and trail systems alongside the creek provide recreational opportunities for thousands of residents, habitat for wildlife, and protect the quality of water upon which so many rely.

    Despite all the value the Wissahickon provides, it's under constant stress: inconsistent water flow, erosion, flash flooding, and polluted runoff are threats that many dedicated groups are working hard to control.

    Learn more at stormwaterpa.org/wissahickon

    The Full 25 minute Version of this mini-documentary is available here: vimeo.com/greentreks/healthywissahickon

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  2. A tributary of the Schuylkill River, the Wissahickon Creek flows through Philadelphia and Montgomery counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. Philadelphia’s water supply plays a prominent part in the history of the Wissahickon Creek. Mills producing paper, grain and wool stood along its banks for much of the 19th century, polluting the creek, until it was realized that the region needed a safe and pure water supply. Most of the mills were torn down and the Fairmount Park Commission purchased land adjacent to the Creek in Philadelphia, creating a green buffer zone. In many areas it retains its natural beauty to this day. However, urban development in Montgomery County and other municipalities have caused major concerns. Impervious cover is a main problem that is causing flooding and other storm water management problems. See how residents enjoy the creek for its natural beauty, and explore the problems and solutions of urbanization as they are examined in this video.

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  3. The Wissahickon Creek played a critical part in the history of the Philadelphia area. In the 19th century mills along the Wissahickon produced paper, wool and grain—necessary items for the growing population—but the mills also produced pollution. An urgent need was seen to have clean water. It was realized that in order to protect the region’s water supply the mills had to go. Dozens of mills were condemned and torn down. In addition, the city of Philadelphia purchased land surrounding the Wissahickon Creek and created a green zone that helps protect the water supply to this day. Today this area is a part of Fairmount Park!

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  4. What happens upstream always effect the downstream community. When it comes to the Wissahickon, Philadelphia is what's downstream. Green buffer zones are deliberately kept along the Wissahickon to keep the environment more natural. This helps protect the city's drinking water. In unnatural areas, hard surfaces prevent water from seeping into the ground. When we eliminate these surfaces, as Philadelphia is doing block by block, we can naturally manage our stormwater and efficiently protect our waterways.

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  5. There is no separation between our communities and the surrounding nature. Individual approaches can capture storm water and inspire your community. As our needs as humans increase, it is important that each person makes an effort to combat the negative effects of development on stormwater management. Adjustments made to the ecology of individual properties eventually have a cumulative effect. One by one, homeowners can convert individual properties into areas that help control storm water run off by using rain gardens, meadow, or reduction of hard surfaces.

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The Wissahickon Creek starts in Montgomery County, and flows some 27 miles through 15 municipalities before draining in to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Besides contributing drinking water to the City of Philadelphia, the Wissahickon Creek is…


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The Wissahickon Creek starts in Montgomery County, and flows some 27 miles through 15 municipalities before draining in to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Besides contributing drinking water to the City of Philadelphia, the Wissahickon Creek is a designated trout stream. The park areas and trail systems alongside the creek provide recreational opportunities for thousands of residents, habitat for wildlife, and protect the quality of water upon which so many rely.

Despite all the value the Wissahickon provides, it's under constant stress: inconsistent water flow, erosion, flash flooding, and polluted runoff are threats that many dedicated groups are working hard to control.

We all play a role, and these videos are great place to start your personal journey to getting involved… Learn more at stormwaterpa.org/wissahickon.

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