Saylor Grove

Intro
A one-acre stormwater wetland was constructed in Fairmount Park to treat stormwater before it is discharged into the Monoshone Creek.
Project Description

A one-acre stormwater wetland was constructed in the fall of 2005 on a parcel of Fairmount Park known as Saylor Grove. The wetland is designed to treat a portion of the 70 million gallons of urban stormwater generated in the storm sewershed per year before it is discharged into the Monoshone Creek. The Monoshone Creek is a tributary of the Wissahickon Creek, a source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia. The function of the wetland is to treat stormwater runoff in an effort to improve source water quality while also minimizing the impacts of storm-related flows on the aquatic and structural integrity of the riparian ecosystem. This project is a highly visible Urban Stormwater BMP Retrofit in the historic Wissahickon Watershed.

A one-acre stormwater wetland was constructed in the fall of 2005 on a parcel of Fairmount Park known as Saylor Grove. The wetland is designed to treat a portion of the 70 million gallons of urban stormwater generated in the storm sewershed per year before it is discharged into the Monoshone Creek. The Monoshone Creek is a tributary of the Wissahickon Creek, a source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia. The function of the wetland is to treat stormwater runoff in an effort to improve source water quality while also minimizing the impacts of storm-related flows on the aquatic and structural integrity of the riparian ecosystem. This project is a highly visible Urban Stormwater BMP Retrofit in the historic Wissahickon Watershed.

A one-acre stormwater wetland was constructed in the fall of 2005 on a parcel of Fairmount Park known as Saylor Grove. The wetland is designed to treat a portion of the 70 million gallons of urban stormwater generated in the storm sewershed per year before it is discharged into the Monoshone Creek. The Monoshone Creek is a tributary of the Wissahickon Creek, a source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia. The function of the wetland is to treat stormwater runoff in an effort to improve source water quality while also minimizing the impacts of storm-related flows on the aquatic and structural integrity of the riparian ecosystem. This project is a highly visible Urban Stormwater BMP Retrofit in the historic Wissahickon Watershed.

Watershed Issues Addressed
Stormwater Management
Degraded Waterways

Location

LatLon
40.02943, -75.1871
Watershed
Address
Neighborhood
Germantown
Lead Agency
Philadelphia Water
Partners
Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation
Fairmount Park Conservancy
Friends of the Monoshone
Friends of the Wissahickon
PA Department of Environmental Protection
The Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers
Senior Environment Corp
Chestnut Hill College
Status
Complete

Tools Employed

trees
rain gardens
clean-ups
gathering of public input