Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association
2012 Selected Accomplishments
CRC is proud to be providing these services to our communities – thank you for making this possible Community Education: 563 participants attended CRC programs on native plants, landscaper training, fisheries, freshwater mussels, naturalizing stormwater basins, and rain gardens. Eleven homeowners associations reported that their boards had voted this spring to naturalize or enhance at least one of their stormwater basins as a result of CRC’s 2011 program. Restoration Plans: CRC is working with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Willistown Conservation Trust in mapping the presence of freshwater mussels, a natural water filter, in the Upper Crum and Ridley Creek for use in a restoration plan. Fifty volunteers with family members attended the May training to help with the survey. Stream Cleanups: 491 volunteers joined our April and May stream cleanups, and collected 31,100 pounds of trash. A new low tide cleanup of Ridley Creek in Eddystone with PECO volunteers was added. Tree Canopy Restoration: Tree canopy was restored at a half acre site along Springton Reservoir with a tree planting by Springton Lake Village residents and funding from TreeVitalize. School Programs: CRC continued its role in providing organizational and volunteer support to the 6th Annual Marple-Newtown Crum Creek Snapshot, which assesses water quality and biological stream health. Six skilled CRC volunteers served among the biology or chemistry coaches for 300 ninth graders. Also, 500 elementary students from four school districts participated in watershed education programs staffed by trained CRC volunteers. Stormwater Projects: Engineering and landscape plans were completed for two stormwater projects near the headwaters of Crum Creek in Tredyffrin and Easttown. These projects will help mitigate the erosive force of stormwater runoff from paved areas to downstream property owners and protect trout habitat.