300 Longfellow Road
Wyncote, PA 19095

Riparian Buffer

TTF created a riparian buffer along Rock Creek, a first order stream of the Tookany Creek located behind Cedarbrook Middle School. Through this project, Cedarbrook seventh graders are creating a permanent outdoor classroom to be utilized by all future Cedarbrook students and school partners. With a debilitated stream running right through school grounds, we have a unique opportunity to enlist Cedarbrook students as champions of their own school environment by affecting change that they can see and touch every day.

The work started with removal of Japanese knotweed and Phragmites, two invasive species in the area. After clearing litter from the area and digging holes, we worked with seventh grade and 175 students to plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs.

This riparian buffer restoration project addresses the serious environmental issues of creek bed degradation, stream bank erosion, invasive species proliferation, stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution.

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Cedarbrook students plant the riparian buffer

Project Partners:
Cedarbrook Middle School
Earth Force
NAM Planning & Design, LLC
ERM Foundation

For more information, contact:
Alix Howard, Director of Education and Outreach