The Friends of the Wissahickon is a 1,600 member, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1924 with a mission “to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein.”
FOW works with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to restore the park’s historical structures, restore its trails, eliminate invasive plant species, and monitor watershed management issues.
StormwaterPA was established to build awareness of the problems associated with runoff, and, more importantly, to share examples of programs that are protecting water resources, improving community health, and growing local economies while getting the stormwater problem under control.
StormwaterPA is a program of GreenTreks Network, Inc., a non-profit environmental video production and educational organization that highlights environmental solutions to inspire actions within our community.
WVWA, founded in 1957, protects the quality and beauty of the Wissahickon Creek through protecting open space and restoring habitat in Montgomery County.
WVWA is dedicated to protect the quality and beauty of the Wissahickon Creek by protecting open space and providing opportunities for recreation; promoting awareness of environmental issues through community; promoting wise land use and management of natural resources; and preserving historic and cultural sites of significance to the Wissahickon education.
The political process can be a daunting task to decipher for many concerned about environmental issues, but it’s only through an informed and involved citizenry that things really get done. Explore the federal, state, and local regulations at work to protect water quality — and learn what you can do to ensure the laws are being used to protect your community’s watershed health.
Watersheds don’t conform to political boundaries, yet in a perfect world, all localities would work together seamlessly to implement a watershed plan, whether they are upstream or down. This is far easier said than done, but in the Wissahickon, the power of collaboration is indeed proving the pathway to success. Meet some of the key players and learn how they’re involved.