Stream Restoration

As part of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Integrated Watershed Management Plan, the Philadelphia Water Department plans to restore a 2,200 foot (2.59 acre) section of Tacony Creek from Whitaker Avenue to I Street in Tacony Creek Park. This stream restoration design uses natural techniques and materials (stones and plants rather than concrete and pipe) to restore the creek to a healthier and more naturally sustainable state.

Regrading: Years of flooding and erosion have shaped the creek’s banks to convey water as fast as possible. The scoured streambed and fast moving water continually prevent aquatic plants, insects and animals from being able to survive. The creek banks and bottom will be reshaped to slow water flow, encourage aquatic life, and help stormwater to infiltrate into the floodplain and surrounding land.

Streambank Stabilization: Boulders and stones will be secured along the stream banks to prevent future erosion and simulate natural habitat for aquatic plants, insects and fish.

In-Stream Rock Vanes: Rock formations of various shapes will be placed in the stream in order to slow water flow and redirect it away from erosion-prone areas. These will also be used to protect the sewer pipes and manholes that run along the edges of the creek.

Native Planting: Pennsylvania native trees, shrubs and grasses will be planted along the edge of the creek to help prevent erosion, stabilize streambanks, increase shade, absorb rainwater, filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, and provide habitat for wildlife.