PCWIC Conservation Maintenance Project
Thanks to funding from the Perkiomen Creek Watershed Improvement Corporation, we are able to return to previous project sites, assess the health of our plantings, and perform any maintenance that is required. Most of our sites appear to be doing very well. When needed, volunteers will go to a site and help remove invasive plants, mend deer fencing, or remove tree tubes.
Thank you to all of our partners and volunteers for making these projects a success!
2008 - Present, Scioto Wetland Demonstration Project
After years of engineering and planning, this wetland was finally constructed behind Upper Frederick Township's Municipal Office. Before entering this tributary to Scioto Creek, stormwater will enter the wetland facility, where it will be filtered by 5000 native plants. This wetland will be home to much wildlife, including many mosquito eaters like frogs and dragonflies! Look for our kiosk at the site to gain more information about wetlands and their great impact on water quality.
Native Brown Trout Riparian Buffer Restoration Project: GG Grant allows for Buffer Enhancement in Lehigh County (DEP EE Grant) In September approximately 20 hard working volunteers helped to plant 175 trees and shrubs at a newly constructed stream restoration site along Hosensack Creek located along Palm Road in Zionsville, PA. This project was part of an exciting partnership with Lehigh County Conservation District and the PA Fish & Boat Commission to help restore the native fish habitat along the creek.
- Kulp Rd & Yoder Rd, Lower Salford Township (TreeVitalize) With the help of a group of volunteers from Merck and SEI, we planted 200 native trees and shrubs in this park along the West Branch Skippack Creek . The planting will help to widen and reinforce past stream buffer projects that took place in 2008.
- Lodal Creek Nature Park, Perkiomen Township (TreeVitalize) Approximately 250 native trees and shrubs were planted along Lodal Creek in a 19.5-acre open space recently purchased by Perkiomen Township. The native tree planting will reduce severe stream and bank erosion.
- Anderson Farm Park, Upper Providence Township (TreeVitalize) Volunteers helped to remove invasive plants and plant 350 native trees and shrubs along a tributary to Donny Brook in Anderson Farm Park, a 64-acre public space owned by Upper Providence Township.
- Whittaker Park, Upper Gwynedd Township (TreeVitalize)
Volunteers planted approximately 235 native trees and shrubs along a tributary to Zacharias Creek.
- Gabriel's Field, Lower Providence Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize) Planted 348 trees and shrubs along the Perkiomen Creek to enhance north and south side of park.
- Briarwyck Park, Lower Salford Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize) To enhance the stream bank, volunteers helped plant 350 trees and shrubs within the community recreation area in this eight acre park.
- Mayfield Estates: Wismer Rd Basins, Perkiomen Township Riparian Buffer Restoration. It began in May of 2008. By the end of October, 2010 over 87 Mayfield Estates residents had "naturalized" all seven of their stormwater basins by planting them with almost 1000 trees, shrubs and flowering perennials. In fall 2013, 125 more native trees and shrubs were planted in the basins.
Improving Stormwater Basins in the Vineyards Community of Pennsburg
This community worked with us to re-grade and plant three stormwater basins with 2500 native perennials and 111 trees. This project took a lot of planning, and five full days of work from eager volunteers in order to plant the basins. These naturalized basins will help protect the water of the Macoby Creek from polluted stormwater and provide habitat for wildlife.
Rain Gardens on Souderton High School's SAVE Campus
Students from Souderton High School's SAVE Club (Students Against Violating the Earth) helped install two rain gardens at the club's Environmental Campus next to West Broad Street Elementary School. The gardens were a prize to Souderton High School Students who won first place in the Conservancy's Stormwater Video Contest, sponsored by Verizon.
Skippack Meadows Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize)
Folks from this neighborhood, with the help of many watershed volunteers, removed invasive plants in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and planted around 1000 trees to protect the water of the Perkiomen Creek. Merck, SEI, Siemens, and GlaxoSmithKline all sent volunteers throughout this three-year project. Many community volunteers and local students also came out to plant.
Hoy Park, Lower Providence Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize)
With the help of a group of volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline, we planted 150 native trees and shrubs in this park along the junction of the Skippack and Perkiomen Creeks. Where before there were few trees and the park was mown up to the streambank, there are now many trees that will protect these two main waterways.
Schwenksville Meadow Park Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize)
Volunteers from the Borough and throughout the watershed helped us to restore the buffer along the Perkiomen Creek and plant throughout this park behind the firehouse in Schwenksville. We planted 150 native trees and shrubs in the floodplain.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Stormwater Management Installations
Thanks to some core volunteers, and a DEP Environmental Education grant, we installed three rain gardens on our property to help filter stormwater runoff. Two are connected in a series and take on water from our parking lot. As part of the project, we also installed a 550-gallon cistern. Feel free to stop by to check out these stormwater management techniques, read our informational signs, and pick up a brochure or two!
Hickory Park Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize)
Conservancy volunteers planted 350 native trees and shrubs along Swamp Creek in New Hanover Township's Hickory Park. The trees will help filter water in the floodplain, stabilize the stream banks to prevent erosion, and restore habitat for wildlife.
D'Lauro Preserve Riparian Buffer Restoration (TreeVitalize)
Watershed volunteers removed trash and an undergrowth of invasive plants, replacing them with native trees and shrubs. Ben Grosso completed his Eagle Scout project through his work on this reforestation project. He also installed level spreaders to prevent erosion, built bat boxes to provide new habitat space, and created a poster detailing our work.
Stream Buffer Planting, Schwenksville (TreeVitalize)
The Conservancy and volunteers planted 30 native trees and shrubs along an unnamed tributary of the Perkiomen Creek.
Lower Salford Township is Serious About Stormwater and Flood Control!
The Lower Salford Parks Departmenr partnered with the Conservancy to re-plant a native riparian buffer with trees, shrubs and perennials to filter contaminants, reduce flooding, and increase wildlife habitat along a stretch of the West Branch Skippack Creek at Kulp and Yoder Roads in Harleysville.
Stream Restoration in Milford Township, Bucks County
Public Works Director Dave Winkler and his crew brought new life to an old stream (a tributary of the Unami Creek) by removing years of accumulated silt and invasive plants, installing erosion control structures, and planting 480 native trees, shrubs and live stakes.
Future Forests in Green Lane!
Between 2005-2008, Upper Perkiomen High School teachers Jim Coffey and Mike Tirjan and their Environmental Science students spent over 100 hours planting over 1,200 new trees at Knight Road, Church Road, Water Street and Ward Road sites in Green Lane. Staff from the Green Lane Nature Center helped install 1,000 feet of deer fencing to protect the plants. (A million thanks to Green Lane maintenance guys, Geoff Pieninck & Tom Oberholtzer for all their "behind the scenes" assistance.)
Signs of Re-Leaf
The "Former Collegeville Dam Streambank Restoration Project" was completed in 2007. With the aid of Montgomery County Parks maintenance staff, a colorful and informative educational sign was installed near the creek along the Perkiomen Trail in Collegeville. The sign is located on the trail about ¼ mile south of the Route 113 overpass in Rahns.
Improving Stormwater Basins, Naturally!
It began with just one stormwater basin in the Mayfield Estates community (Schwenksville) in May of 2008. By the end of October, 2010 over 87 Mayfield Estates residents had "naturalized" all seven of their stormwater basins by planting them with almost 1000 trees, shrubs and flowering perennials. Instead of mown-grass, the basins are now filled with native plants, which will slow down and absorb polluted stormwater that otherwise would have entered Perkiomen Creek unfiltered. The plants are a beautiful addition to the community and will attract valuable wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.