For over 60 years, Wissahickon Trails has worked to engage diverse communities of people to protect and enjoy the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley. Our partnerships with neighbors, activists, and local governments are essential to our work. Together, we use preservation and scientific innovation to strengthen our local ecosystems.
We work in the Wissahickon watershed, the 64 square miles of land that drains into the Wissahickon Creek. We focus on the Montgomery County portion of the watershed. Our downstream partners, Friends of the Wissahickon, work in the Philadelphia portion of the watershed.
On April 20, 1955, nine community members met to address flooding issues in the Wissahickon Valley. In 1957, these individuals formed the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, now Wissahickon Trails. Our work began with the preservation of properties along the Wissahickon Creek to manage stormwater runoff. In the late 1960s, we started our public education program. In 1971, we began to develop public trails along the creek. The Green Ribbon Trail, now 12.6 miles long, first opened in 1977.
Imagine, for a moment, what the Wissahickon Creek might look like today if community members had not organized more than 60 years ago to protect it.
Clean creeks and streams are essential for community health. Wissahickon Trails works on a local level, monitoring creek chemistry, biology, and habitats to understand water quality. We are part of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, working with local municipalities to improve the health of the Wissahickon Creek. We are also part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, working towards a healthy Delaware River Basin with regional partners across four states.
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