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Germantown#10

By handlerstudio  
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About 5 or so years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (now of course as much as possible stripped of power by the Tyrant) mandated that Philadelphia create a "hard structure" to contain storm water runoff---a problem that many older Eastern cities are suffering. In big storms, the sewer system fails to contain storm water, and it runs into the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, the Wissahickon Creek, Pennypack Creek, and other streams. The city leadership and the Water Department's response is that we could not afford to build such a huge holding tank. A counter offer was made....that the city, would crate alternate means of keeping the water out of the rivers, by, through alternate means, making the water to be absorbed back into the ground. Permeable paving, green roofs, community gardens, rain barrels--and the creation of wetlands. Low down the hill (outside of Center City and the River wards, we are a very hilly city), near the Wissahickon Creek, there is a several acre triangle that has in the last years been converted into a wetland, to keep the down flow from the hills out of the creek, which flows into the Schuylkill. These photos show some images of this wetland, which is also a well used park--by humans and animals, such as the wood duck in this photo.

Peter

Tags: Photo journalism Wetlands Philadelphia Germantown Water Department

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dimalexa 5 5 Greece
21 Apr 2020 3:08AM
A good idea, a wonderful place was created to be useful for all, Peter. Excellent photos, I like much the reflections and the duck in the lead image!
Dimitris
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
21 Apr 2020 5:16AM
We have a lot of the same ducks here Peter. Wood ducks. A great set.
johnke Plus
9 231 17 England
21 Apr 2020 7:07AM
That tyrant is back in your write up, I chocked on my coffee with laughter. A terrific set Peter...John
richmowil Plus
13 474 2 England
21 Apr 2020 9:16AM
V6 is a good social distancing image Peter, in a good set. Its difficult not to like the Wood Duck. Nice work.
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
21 Apr 2020 10:10AM
Wonderful set Peter at least you have this extra wetland now , hopefully more will vote next time and bring about a more welcome change !
Ian
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2020 10:40AM
A great set PeterSmileSmile

Cliff
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2020 1:17PM
An excellent set Peter, some lovely water birds there.
Peter
21 Apr 2020 1:30PM
A splendid set
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
21 Apr 2020 1:37PM
Wetland - Nature's flood control.

Develoipment goes in circles.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
21 Apr 2020 7:04PM
Much of our property is wetland--supporting native plants and animals--I have see the beautiful wood ducks in the mill race for several springs--as well as mallards and Canada geese passing thru and a resident heron.
The latest news is a bald eagle hanging around---which explains why the lambs have been moved off the pastures--- who knows where (likely the barn)

The Conodoguinet Creek empties into the Susquehanna River, etc.
22 Apr 2020 1:53AM
Interesting set and description, wonderful image of the Wood Duck, my favorite duck.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2020 6:48PM
Beautiful set and content Peter, after the lead I go for V3 (Green) !!
Isabel GrinGrin

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