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  • Sustainable Trails Initiative « Friends of Wissahickon
    PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources PA Commonwealth Financing Authority Department of Community and Economic Development multiple private donors The Sustainable Trails Initiative STI is a multi year campaign to create a sustainable trail network that limits erosion and protects the fragile forest habitat while enhancing recreational experiences throughout the park Trails that are stable and resist erosion help reduce sediment and nutrients from washing into Wissahickon Creek Through the STI program FOW builds trails that remain dry shed water off the trail surface and provide safe footing for all trail users Existing trails that do not properly drain runoff become severely eroded and are targeted for closure A healthy forest canopy captures rainfall filters runoff and reduces soil erosion in the watershed and restoring native vegetation is an essential component of the STI FOW organizes and trains volunteers to remove invasive species and reestablish native plants that provide habitat for wildlife These efforts may involve installing deer fences or tree guards to protect plants as they mature becoming important food sources for animal species that rely on their flowers seeds and berries Since 2006 FOW has built or restored more than 13 miles of trails and closed more than 9 miles Tags 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/sustainable-trails-initiative/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Andorra Stormwater Management and Sediment Reduction Project « Friends of Wissahickon
    Management and Sediment Reduction Project Current Projects August 31 2015 Status Funded Planning Funded by PA Department of Environmental Protection The Wissahickon Environmental Center sits at the bottom of a large drainage basin During rain events the center is inundated with stormwater routinely causing flooding of the structure and damage to surrounding infrastructure particularly the center s driveway This problem is exacerbated by several factors the location of the center in the drainage basin the lack of infiltration into forest soils which have been hardened by use of heavy machinery and is generally devoid of understory growth which slows water and creates infiltration opportunities and uncontrolled runoff from Northwestern Avenue Beginning in 2016 FOW will hire a contractor to develop and implement stormwater management practices and to create plans for further stabilization of the center s lower driveway and the adjacent tributary Project goals Protect the Wissahickon Environmental Center from damage flooding during rain events via the implementation of stormwater management practices Promote ground water infiltration and reduce the flow of sediment into Wissahickon Creek Develop construction ready plans for the stabilization of the Environmental Center s lower driveway and the adjacent stormwater channel Tags DEP Wissahickon Environmental Center 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/andorra-stormwater-management-and-sediment-reduction-project/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Forbidden Drive Trail Stabilization Project « Friends of Wissahickon
    undue burden the stone walls Overtime these systems deteriorated from a lack of maintenance and the increasing frequency of large damaging flood events which has caused Forbidden Drive to become unstable at numerous locations Three sections of Forbidden Drive have severely eroded or partially collapsed along the trails waterside edge restricting the width of the trail and undermining its stability causing potentially dangerous conditions for park users You may have seen our banners hanging on the sections of chain link fence on Forbidden Drive Beginning in 2016 FOW will hire a contractor to restore these collapsed sections of trail and help us plan a more resilient drainage system for Forbidden Drive The Wissahickon Creek Watershed is severely impacted by urbanization and Wissahickon Creek is listed on Pennsylvania s 303 d list of impaired waters due to siltation low dissolved oxygen concentrations and numerous other factors US EPA Region III 2003 Each of the collapse sites are actively eroding and contribute sediment loads to Wissahickon Creek during rain events Restoration of these sites will contribute to meeting the established Total Maximum Daily Load TMDL for siltation of Wissahickon Creek as established by the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection DEP in accordance with Section 303 d 1 c and 2 of the Clean Water Act Project goals Stabilize the trail and any infrastructure embedded within it Reforest the embankment slope and restore riparian habitat Construct drainage improvements necessary to prevent further degradation of the roadway Create safe stable conditions for trail users Assess drainage issues on the entirety of Forbidden Drive develop plan for future maintenance Tags Forbidden Drive FOW Wissahickon Valley Park 0 comments Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/forbidden-drive-trail-stabilization-project/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Restoration « Friends of Wissahickon
    Work Partners Speakers Bureau Links of Interest FAQ Facebook Twitter Instagram Sitemap Privacy Policy Board Login Trail Ambassadors Login Home News Restoration Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email News Keep up to date with the park Mt Airy Gateway Project Moves Forward Newsletter October 11 2015 Houston Meadow Trail Restoration Newsletter October 11 2015 Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today Nut in is better than a hike in the Wissahickon Let s Be Friends Become a member LetsBeFriends Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy A Trail Map Frequent Questions Get Directions Contact FOW Friends of

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/tag/restoration/ (2016-04-26)
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  • A Creek in Crisis: Time for Action « Friends of Wissahickon
    to be an impaired stream Starr said Can we get there Yes but it s going to take a lot of work One of the biggest problems in the Wissahickon Watershed is stormwater management Because of the increased development in the watershed stormwater cannot be absorbed naturally into the landscape and flooding occurs The Wissahickon Creek acts like a pipe not a stream Stormwater gushes into the creek bringing with it bacteria and chemicals and causing severe erosion in its wake These flood events are costly A series of recent floods have caused extensive damage to the park In 2004 flood damage totaled 3 million according to Sarah Marley Outreach Manager with FOW Chris Crockett Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services at the Philadelphia Water Department PWD provided sobering statistics about the high bacteria content and general water quality in the Wissahickon Creek after a rain storm Fertilizers pet waste chemicals and road salts are some of the sources of contamination that degrade the stream quality and make it unhealthy Runoff from sewage treatment plants compounds the problem Although improving quality is a slow process Crockett said PWD is committed to making the Wissahickon healthier Managing a watershed is never done It s a living breathing thing he said Residents can help by checking both their stormwater and sanitary drains making sure they are working properly Development has reached an all time high which means that there are fewer places for water to go during a storm event For example sections of Ambler and North Wales have 100 impervious cover which means that water drains downstream with no place for absorption Much of that water flows directly into the Wissahickon Each municipality develops a stormwater management plan and must allow for public input into the plan Citizens can become involved by engaging in the process and looking at how these plans effect the Wissahickon Watershed Michael Helbing an attorney at PennFuture and one of the panelists suggested that residents contact their local municipality to learn more about the process and the issues involved Dennis Miranda Executive Director of WVWA stated When you educate municipalities and citizens alike on the issues facing the water quality of the Wissahickon Creek and get everyone on the same page all of our collective actions can make a positive impact and move the needle on improving water quality Public Feedback John Foley of Chestnut Hill and his wife Emily Plowman attended the meeting because protecting the Wissahickon is very important to them They said they moved to Chestnut Hill to be near the Wissahickon Creek and they want to know what they can do so that that their young son can enjoy the creek in the future Foley is a volunteer creek watcher with WVWA and regularly monitors conditions in the creek He said he left the meeting with a better sense of how one person s actions can help the creek and he was surprised by what he could do to help It

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/a-creek-in-crisis-time-for-action/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Wissahickon Part of PPR’s Forest Management Program « Friends of Wissahickon
    began in the Haddington Woods area of Cobbs Creek Park a twenty seven acre site which includes a variety of forest types and conditions PPR has formed a group of technical advisors to help us develop restoration approaches that we can test on these sites This Urban Forest Working Group is made up of a variety of land managers regulators and academics who have been meeting to advance theories and experiments for our sites We have also recruited interested community partners from the Cobbs Creek area and throughout the City including FOW staff to participate directly in this process In order to prepare for this participatory research and to provide a knowledge base for working collaboratively with the technical advisors they have attended a series of classes focused on ecology land management and experimental design These partners will help to inform the management methods for the site In addition they will monitor sites and gather data that is critical for successful adaptive management The two additional core forest sites Wissahickon Park near Wigard Avenue and Pennypack Park at Three Springs Hollow will also be conserved using these methods Haddington and Wigard invasive vegetation clearing is underway and will continue through March 2015 Herbicide treatment will be done this summer Deer exclusion fencing will be installed later this spring on all three sites Implementation of a variety of experiments related to management techniques and vegetation species selection will follow along with rigorous on going monitoring While we recognize that climate adaptation is still an emerging field PPR has a strong interest in understanding what truly constitutes climate adaptation and more importantly how it can be applied in our urban natural areas The work we do over the next several years will help us begin to answer those questions By Joan Blaustein

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/wissahickon-part-of-pprs-forest-management-program/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Top Ten Tips for Staying Well in the Spring « Friends of Wissahickon
    to grow We can simply notice any thoughts or belongings that no longer serve in our lives and choose to let them go 6 Pay attention to your dreams and be creative with your interpretations Did you dream of drinking a delicious smoothie at The Cedars House What does it mean 5 Have a routine for sleep eating and exercise Go to bed early Wake up early Regular exercise will keep your qi moving smoothly Eat green vegetables Incorporate peppery and bitter tastes Create an attitude of gratitude while cooking and eating The Cedars House has great healthy foods for your nourishing enjoyment 4 Wear a scarf even when it s warm to protect your neck from the wind Be prepared for fickle indecisive weather outside and in your way of being 3 Allow frustration and anger to move through you It is best to do this away from other people You can shout into a pillow punch the air scream in the car with closed windows and cry Wait and breathe Then let it go or be creative and take effective action The Wissahickon is a great place to let the emotions move through you and reconnect with nature and your deeper sense of being 2 When you notice yourself in opposition to a person or situation ask what else is possible Be flexible benevolent and willing to see beyond your expectations Those trees and limbs that still stand in the Wissahickon are stronger after this past winter We are like these trees when we choose to grow stronger from the opportunities disguised in a challenging situation 1 Please follow these suggestions to the degree that they are helpful for you Pay attention to your unique body In springtime focus on your liver which stores emotions and your tendons

    Original URL path: http://fow.org/top-ten-tips-for-staying-well-in-the-spring/ (2016-04-26)
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  • FOW « Friends of Wissahickon
    Our Work Partners Speakers Bureau Links of Interest FAQ Facebook Twitter Instagram Sitemap Privacy Policy Board Login Trail Ambassadors Login Home News FOW Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email News Keep up to date with the park Valley Green Road Walkway Stabilization Current Projects September 01 2015 Forbidden Drive Trail Stabilization Project Current Projects August 31 2015 Categories Select a category Uncategorized Trail Work Current Projects Conservation News Nature Newsletter Restoration Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today Whoo loves the Wissahickon I do Let s Be Friends Become a member LetsBeFriends Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy A Trail Map Frequent Questions Get Directions Contact FOW Friends of the

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