Perkiomen Watershed Association Award
On Wednesday, July 26, 20I7, Upper Gwynedd Township was notified by the Perkiomen Watershed Association that the Township is the 2017 recipient of the Watershed's Municipal Award. This award is given to the most deserving municipality as judged by the Association's Awards Committee for the municipality's contribution towards the enhancement and improvement to the Perkiomen Watershed and its tributaries. Upper Gwynedd Township is one of 55 communities located in four counties that contributes flow to the Perkiomen Watershed. Upper Gwynedd Township is in the final stages of completing a 3-part project that is designed to enhance the water quality in the Zacharias Creek, a tributary of the Perkiomen Creek. This 3-phase project included the planting of a Riparian Buffer along the Zacharias Creek in the Gwynedeer neighborhood. The second phase of this project was the Conrad Avenue Basin rejuvenation with natural vegetation. This project will help recharge local water supplies, protect creek habitats and provide islands of wildlife habitat in suburban landscapes. Lastly, the Township is in the final stages of completing the Zacharias Creek Restoration Project. This project will realign a section of the Zacharias Creek that has experienced severe streambank erosion over the years. The new Stream Restoration Project will restore the natural flood plain away from private properties, decrease sediment pollution in the Zacharias Creek and enhance the riparian buffer along the new alignment.
All of these projects were built with grant funding acquired by the Township from the Commonwealth of PA. Township Manager Len Perrone commended Assistant Township Manager, Michael Lapinski for his diligence and hard work through the permitting and construction phases of these projects.
Township Commissioners Clare Edelmayer and Steve Sands both commented on the Township for having received this award. Clare Edelmayer, Commissioner and serves as liaison on Park and Recreation and Open Space matters stated:
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy to receive the 2017 “Municipal Award” for the Township’s work in improving the alignment of Zacharias Creek. Upper Gwynedd Township has been working hard with new Storm Water Regulations (MS-4) to reduce storm water runoff and to improve water quality in our streams and watersheds including both the Perkiomen and Wissahickon watersheds. This effort has also included providing education materials to our residents about the importance of environmental stewardship. This award demonstrates that our efforts have been noticed by both environmental agencies and advocacy groups.”
The Township will receive this award at the annual Perkiomen Watershed Fundraising Gala that will be held in October.