Lower Gwynedd Township is pleased to announce that the Old Bethlehem Pike Streambank Stabilization & Enhancement Project was approved for a Watershed Restoration Protection Program Grant at the April 21, 2021 Community Financing Authority (CFA) Board meeting in the amount of $100,000.00. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Watershed Restoration & Protection Grant Program is funded through monies allocated under Act 13 of 2012, the Marcellus Legacy Fund. The CFA is an independent agency of the DCED responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.
This project will repair eroded streambanks within the Willow Run tributary to the Wissahickon Creek. The project stream segment is located off of Old Bethlehem Pike directly behind the Lower Gwynedd Township Municipal Building. The scope of this project includes the stabilization and enhancement of approximately 300 linear feet of stream (both sides) from 100 feet upstream of the Old Bethlehem Pike bridge and 200 feet downstream. The restoration work will re-establish and stabilize the bank and restore the area to its natural function. The project will help control erosion in the future and protect the streambank. We also anticipate that the restoration and enhancement will reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants from entering the stream and improve water quality throughout the watershed.