WEST CHESTER (March 19, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership (VCRP) has been selected to receive the 2019 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
The organization received the prestigious award for Environmental Stewardship and Economic Development in an Urbanized Watershed – a project to replace buffers at Valley Forge National Historic Park.
This project included the installation of five new deer fence enclosures, including planting and live staking of 4,000 feet on both sides of Valley Creek. VCRP also organized plantings of 4,068 trees and 1,450 live stakes by 542 volunteers along more than 4,385 linear feet of stream, plus rain gardens and a green roof.
“The Valley Creek is an exceptional value stream and an environmental treasure of Chester County thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership and affiliated organizations,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “I want to thank the partnership and its members for their work to preserve and protect the watershed so that it stays clean and pristine for generations to come.”
VCRP was among 17 recipients chosen among 27 applicants statewide. Any individual, business, school, government agency, or community organization in Pennsylvania was eligible to apply. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection evaluated projects for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change, and sustainability and results achieved.
VCRP was formed in 2002 to initiate projects to reduce negative impacts resulting from development in the Valley Creek watershed. In 2017, the VCRP recognized that projects alone were not enough to complete the mission to preserve and protect the watershed and that active outreach and education was needed.
VCRP is made up of leaders from township, county, federal agencies, corporations, citizens from conservation groups, and members of the League of Women Voters. These members work together to promote and protect Valley Creek. The VCRP proactively identifies projects and educational programs, seeks funding for partner projects, and determines how these efforts can be executed.
Over the past decade and a half, VCRP members have received over three million dollars in grants to design and build projects to infiltrate stormwater into the ground, stabilize streambanks, and repair and “naturalize” retention basins.