Wissahickon - Creek in Crisis

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Event Date: 
2011-11-16
PEC Executive Vice President Patrick Starr will moderate a discussion about the Wissahickon Creek, featuring information about water quality and flooding.

Town Meeting: Wissahickon - Creek in Crisis 
Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
SugarLoaf Hill at Chestnut Hill College.
Light refreshments will be provided and doors open at 6:30 pm.

As Neree Aron-Sando, states in the book Wissahickon Worth Preserving "THE WISSAHICKON CREEK, its valley and its cultural artifacts have inspired preservation efforts for more than 150 years." Though the Wissahickon Creek has a humble beginning in the parking lot at Montgomery Mall, it is a significant waterway providing approximately 10% of the drinking water to Philadelphians as well as recreation, beauty for area residents, and habitat for local wildlife. From the Montgomery Mall the Creek continues through nine municipalities to the confluence of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA), Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) & Chestnut Hill College are partnering to inform our community about the impact the Wissahickon Creek has on all of our lives. We also want to discuss why the Creek is in Crisis and the threats to the Creek including diminishing water quantity in the upper part of the Creek as well as flooding throughout the watershed.

Patrick Starr, Senior Vice President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will serve as Moderator.

Featured presenters include:
Carol Collier, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD)
John Jackson, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center