Communities Connecting for a Clean Wissahickon
Hosted By Green Mountain Energy, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the William Penn Foundation
Took place on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
500 W Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia
Join Maura McCarthy, Friends of the Wissahickon’s Executive Director, and Gail Farmer, WVWA’s Executive Director, who will moderate the panel of local experts:
- Patrick Starr, Executive Vice President of Pennsylvania Environmental Council, will provide background on the regulatory framework that made the collaboration possible.
- Laura Toran, Ph.D., the Weeks Chair of Environmental Geology at Temple University, teaches and conducts research on hydrogeology and urban hydrology. A team of experts from Temple, led by Dr. Toran, is providing support to better understand the Wissahickon Creek through monitoring, computer modeling and assessment.
- Jay Cruz, an environmental scientist at the City of Philadelphia's Water Department, has directed many watershed assessment, water quality modeling and green infrastructure monitoring projects. He has extensively studied the physical, water quality and ecosystem-level changes that occur in small watersheds due to urbanization as well as the water quality and hydrologic performance of stormwater management best practices.
- Ellen Kohler works at the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center, a regional resource center partnering with communities in the Mid-Atlantic to advance policy and financing solutions to environmental challenges. An attorney by training, her projects focus on water resources, particularly water quality issues facing communities in the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.
- Mary Aversa, Ambler Borough Manager, will bring her knowledge about operations at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Water Company, both owned and operated by the Borough and serve several municipalities. Her background also includes all aspects of the Borough's municipal stormwater runoff management and wastewater treatment as it relates to the WWTP's discharge.
- Mark Grey has been a Township Supervisor in Lower Gwynedd Township for the last 9 years. He is on several sub-committees including the Township’s Environmental Advisory Council. He also Co-Chairs the Wissahickon Clean water Partnership, which includes 13 Municipalities and 4 Waste Water Treatment facilities.