Upper Gwynedd Township is top notch when it comes to environment and the Perkiomen Watershed Association noticed.
Upper Gwynedd was chosen from 55 townships that contribute flow to the Perkiomen Watershed as the 2017 recipient of the Watershed’s Municipal Award. The award is given to the district, chosen by the Association’s Award Committee, who best contributes to enhancing Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s creeks and rivers.
"It's certainly great news, and we're proud of it," Upper Gwynedd Township manager Len Perrone said.
The township is finishing up a 3-part project, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, that, according to the township, is “designed to enhance the water quality in Zacharias Creek, a tributary of the Perkiomen Creek.”
“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," said Clare Edelmayer, commissioner and liaison on Park and Recreation and Open Space Matters.
According to Perrone, the three phases of the project include inserting a Riparian Buffer along Zacharias Creek, rejuvenating Conrad Avenue Basin with natural vegetation and completing the Zacharias Creek Restoration project. These three phases will ultimately help restore local water supplies, protect the creek’s habitats, realign part of the eroding Zacharias Creek, and decrease pollution.
“This effort has also included providing education materials to our residents about the importance of environmental stewardship,” said Edelmayer. “This award demonstrates that our efforts have been noticed by both environmental agencies and advocacy groups."
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Upper Gwynedd Township will be honored with the award in October, 2017 at the Perkiomen Watershed Fundraising Gala.