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'TreeVitalize' Comes to Schwenksville

The borough asks volunteers to help plant native trees and shrubs along Perkiomen Creek in Meadow Park in early September.

 

Schwenksville Borough Council on Thursday addressed proceedings of the community’s Stream Bank Restoration Project.

The Perkiomen Valley Watershed Conservancy and Schwenksville Borough have been approved for a TreeVitalize Grant which will give the Borough enough money to plant 150 trees along the Perkiomen Creek in Meadow Park, as well as, to remove exotic invasive plant species, such as European Water Chestnut, along the banks.

Under the grant, invasive species will be replaced with native trees and shrubs, which will aid in the impairment caused by stormwater run off and nearby development.

Council members are currently researching how they will reinforce the banks where the invasive species will be removed, however it has been suggested that river rock be used in order to prevent erosion, especially in areas where there are steep slopes.

Both the conservancy and the borough are asking for volunteers on Sept. 8, as they will be having a tree-planting event.

Volunteers must sign a waiver to participate in the event, and anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature.

For more information on the event, the Stream Bank Restoration Project, or to print out a waiver form please visit either www.schwenksville-pa.org or the Conservancy’s website at www.perkiomenwatershed.org

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