US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Southeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Improvement Program

Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, Pennsylvania

Published Dec. 20, 2012
The Woodland Avenue Dam is the first impediment along Cobbs Creek preventing fish passage. Stored sediment behind the dam must be controlled during removal to prevent adverse upstream impacts.

The Woodland Avenue Dam is the first impediment along Cobbs Creek preventing fish passage. Stored sediment behind the dam must be controlled during removal to prevent adverse upstream impacts.

Construction crews prepare to install a liner inside of existing sewer laterals in Hatfield Borough. The project will reduce inflow and infiltration into the sewer system.

Construction crews prepare to install a liner inside of existing sewer laterals in Hatfield Borough. The project will reduce inflow and infiltration into the sewer system.

Erik Haniman (middle), manager of the Ecological Restoration Group for the Philadelphia Water Department, discusses the design of the Cobbs Creek (Indian Creek) Habitat Restoration during a stream restoration workshop in Philadelphia July 23. The workshop was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department and included participants from federal, state and local agencies.

Erik Haniman (middle), manager of the Ecological Restoration Group for the Philadelphia Water Department, discusses the design of the Cobbs Creek (Indian Creek) Habitat Restoration during a stream restoration workshop in Philadelphia July 23. The workshop was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department and included participants from federal, state and local agencies.

Dave Derrick, Research Hydraulic Engineer (left) explains how the Army Corps of Engineers restored the functionality of a section of the Tacony Creek in Philadelphia during a workshop July 23. The workshop was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department and included participants from federal, state and local agencies.

Dave Derrick, Research Hydraulic Engineer (left) explains how the Army Corps of Engineers restored the functionality of a section of the Tacony Creek in Philadelphia during a workshop July 23. The workshop was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department and included participants from federal, state and local agencies.

A low base flow within Sandyford Run, partly caused by a diversion structure to limit the release of raw sewage into the stream, causes stagnant pools of foul smelling water within a residential area. The creation of a wetland along Sandyford Run would retain stormwater reducing downstream peak flows, improve water quality and enhance the aesthetic value within the watershed.

A low base flow within Sandyford Run, partly caused by a diversion structure to limit the release of raw sewage into the stream, causes stagnant pools of foul smelling water within a residential area. The creation of a wetland along Sandyford Run would retain stormwater reducing downstream peak flows, improve water quality and enhance the aesthetic value within the watershed.

The project area for the development of the decision support tool and project alternatives is divided into 4 sub-basins based on similar characteristics. Analysis can be conducted on watersheds as small as 1.0 square miles.

The project area for the development of the decision support tool and project alternatives is divided into 4 sub-basins based on similar characteristics. Analysis can be conducted on watersheds as small as 1.0 square miles.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: PA-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Environmental Infrastructure

AUTHORITY: Section 566 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1996, as amended.

LOCATION: Authority allows for projects within the Southeastern Region of Pennsylvania including the Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.  See individual projects for specific project locations.

DESCRIPTION: Funding for this authority is at the sole discretion of Congress through Congressionally Directed Spending and is not part of the USACE annual budget. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Improvement Program, authorized by Section 566 of WRDA 1996, as amended, provides design and construction assistance to non-Federal interests for carrying out water related environmental infrastructure, and resource protection and development projects in southeastern Pennsylvania, including projects for wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply and related facilities, and surface water resource protection and development. Section 552 of WRDA 1999 amended the authority to include environmental restoration as an authorized project purpose under this program. The process consists of three phases: (1) Project Approval (2) Project Design, and (3) Project Construction. All phases are costs-shared with a non-Federal sponsor with the sponsor providing 25% of the total project costs. 

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of these projects are to provide design and construction assistance to non-Federal interests for carrying out water related environmental infrastructure, ecosystem restoration and resource protection and development projects in southeastern Pennsylvania.

PROJECT MANAGER: Erik Rourke