This web site provides a portal to inform collaborators about ongoing water quality monitoring in the Wissahickon Creek by a team lead by Dr. Laura Toran in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Temple University.
Researchers from Temple University are participating in a two-year planning process to recommend an implementation strategy to improve water quality in the Wissahickon Creek Watershed. The team includes Temple University, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Environmental Finance Center (EFC) of the University of Maryland, and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. In addition, an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between 13 municipalities and 3 wastewater treatment plants agreed to form a partnership to take part in the planning and implementation. The planning process was driven by a need to take part in shaping regulatory guidelines for nutrient loading suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency (guidelines known as Total Maximum Daily Loads or TMDLs).
Temple University’s team is responsible for a number of tasks in the planning process, in particular providing research to better identify the problem and potential solutions. One aspect of that research is a monitoring program to assess current stream health, identify stressors, and suggest a future monitoring plan.