Ecological Restoration Reports

Fluvial Geomorphology Reports

The purpose of the Fluvial Geomorphology (FGM) Stream Assessment Reports is to provide PWD, local watershed partnership groups, and other stakeholder parties with an analysis and summary of the Philadelphia watersheds’ existing physical conditions, inclusive of both stream networks and riparian corridors. Specifically, the goals of these assessments are to provide:

  • characterization and documentation of existing conditions
  • a reference point for evaluating changes over time
  • a tool for prioritizing stream and habitat restoration sites
  • insight into appropriate restoration strategies
  • a land use planning and redevelopment tool
  • an aid in determining the effects of urbanization

The ultimate goals of these restoration efforts will include: improved water quality, managing or replanting riparian vegetation, enhancing in-stream habitat, providing increased fish passage, and, finally, facilitating stream bank stabilization.

Stream Assessment Studies:

Wissahickon Sediment Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Monitoring Program

PWD has developed and implemented this program to achieve the first goal of the Wissahickon TMDL for siltation, which requires PWD “to establish baseline data on Philadelphia’s contribution of sediment loading and flow variations.”

PWD conducted a study to identify tributaries to the Wissahickon Creek (within Philadelphia) that cause an adverse impact to in-stream habitats as a result of transport of sediment and/or stream bank erosion.

The study, initiated in October 2005, includes an evaluation of the tributaries that have the greatest potential for improvement through implementation of BMPs and/or other methods.

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