Written by Ed Appelbaum
CHANGES/THINGS TO NOTE:
Reports were received for WS82, WS90, WS100 in Sep-Oct-Nov, and for WS70 in Sep. None for WS80.
WS70: Riparian area was overrun with stiltgrass in Sep. Water was clear.
WS82: Railroad tie near SEPTA bridge, previously reported, had been removed as of Sep. Each month removed debris and/or trash – especially in Nov from small trail that runs along creek shore and parallel to main Green Ribbon Trail. In Oct the Creek Watcher walked downstream approximately 1 mile to pump station. Trek included side trail along creek shore; side trail was blocked by fallen tree in one location. Stepping stone missing at creek crossing in Oct. Stone washed downstream about 10-20 yards (see photo).
Water was clear. Birds included robins, Blue Jays, ducks, kingfisher.
WS90: In Sep observed new bank erosion. Obvious impact from heavy recent rains along the trail near the monitoring site. Lots of debris on shore and vegetation knocked down. Trail was passable. In Nov there again was evidence of new bank erosion from stream bank flooding and increased debris – lots of water on the trail near the testing site. Water was clear in Sep/Oct but was “opaque/chocolate milk” in Nov. Water flow was swift all 3 months
No further comments this fall about the dumping that was noted in the spring before installation in July of additional “no dumping” signs.
WS100: Water was clear, flow was swift all 3 months. In Sep a medium size oak tree was fallen across the Green Ribbon Trail a few hundred yards downstream of Mt. Pleasant Ave, but no other adverse conditions were noted. Lots of songbirds seen (upstream of Mt Pleasant in Oct, downstream in Nov). Two doe on BioRit side of stream in Nov.
Some trails may still need attention. In WS82 a side trail was blocked by fallen tree in one location and stepping stone was missing at creek crossing in Oct. In WS100 a tree was fallen across the Green Ribbon Trail in Sep (but no further observations were noted in Oct/Nov reports). Need to keep monitoring debris/trash on WS82.