The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of a first-of-its-kind ecosystem restoration project during an April 25 ribbon cutting and site tour event at Morris Park in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.
The event was attended by Congressman Bob Brady, Army Corps leadership and staff, city and state officials, community groups, and contractors.
“This is the first stream to be daylighted in the city of Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug who thanked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its partnership on the project and other efforts throughout the city.
Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking said the project is a model for creative problem solving in part because the end product has multiple benefits for the community.
“We are the nation’s engineers and one of our missions is to deliver water resources solutions to the public,” said Becking. “This is a great example of such a solution as we’ve improved water quality, created wildlife habitat, reduced park flooding, enhanced recreational opportunities and aesthetics – all with one project.”
Press Release, April 29, 2014