AKRF Project Wins "Excellence in Green Stormwater Infrastructure" Award
On May 11, 2017, AKRF's Jenkintown Creek Restoration project was selected by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Philadelphia to receive the 2017 Excellence in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Award in the public projects category. An awards ceremony was held in Philadelphia.
AKRF, as part of the team working on the Jenkintown Creek Restoration Project for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, designed green stormwater infrastructure management facilities for the Abington Friends School, the Abington Meetinghouse, and the Sisters of Saint Basil properties in Abington, PA. These projects exemplify how collaborative partnerships can manage stormwater runoff to improve water quality on private and public lands and serve as a model for other urbanized watersheds throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area.
AKRF was responsible for project management, preparation of engineering design plans, technical specifications, and cost estimates. We also designed stream and riparian restoration measures at McKinley Elementary School in Elkins Park, PA, as part of the contract with the Partnership. Restoration measures included the use of soil lifts to stabilize creek banks, vernal pool excavation, invasive species control, and native plantings.
An exciting feature of this project was that McKinley Elementary School students and adult volunteers worked together to plant native trees and shrubs on the creek banks to help with the stormwater and pollutant management of the project. This aspect of the Jenkintown Creek restoration was recently highlighted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Volunteer planting day at Abington Friends School