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Tacony Creek is a typical large urban stream. Flow is very ?flashy?. Sometimes calm and other times fast and furious. The creek was in bad shape with undercut banks, poor habitat and little structure. The site was technically a park, but looked like a wasteland. It was also a major crime area because it was secluded, yet still in the city. We turned this scary wasteland into a beautiful park. To do this, we started by pulling quite a few cars, loads of shopping carts and much other debris from the stream. Adding numerous bendway weirs, keyways, various types of rock veins and Longitudinal Peaked Stone Toe Protection (LPSTP), the stream was restored. In addition two very large concrete bridge abutments were demolished and walking trails were added. Working under the direction of the Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, we completed the project to the satisfaction of all involved. For this $1.8 Million project we also worked with many other organizations including the Philadelphia Water Dept., The City of Philadelphia and the landowners who were reluctant at first to allow the project on their property. After completed, the site really looked like a park. It was open and clean and the stream was fully restored. Adding features like the step key made the local kids happy for their swimming hole (the step key is a functional key that was made into steps for stream access). The landowners were very happy with the results and now use the property for tours and recreation.
Ultimately, 4000 tons of large rock were used for instream and bank structures and 12000 plants were installed. The 2,000 lf of creek grading, stone work and demolition, in tight working conditions, was completed in three weeks working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, with the planting and site restoration activities the following two weeks.
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