The Little Neshaminy Watershed
What is a watershed?
A watershed is the land that surrounds and drains rain, snowmelt, and other water into a lake, pond, wetland, stream, or river. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state, and national boundaries. No matter where you are, you're in a watershed!
What types of problems does the Little Neshaminy watershed face?
Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollutants to many streams, rivers, and lakes across the country, including here in Warrington Township. Developed areas are covered with impervious surfaces, like roofs, roads, and sidewalks, which prevent water from soaking back into the soil naturally. Rain travels across those impervious surfaces to a storm drain, picking up pollutants like oil, fertilizers, and animal waste along the way. The pollutant-laden storm water can then make its way, untreated, into the streams and rivers we depend on for recreation and drinking water. For More information download the Little Neshaminy Creek Watershed Pamphlet.
Little Neshaminy Creek River Conservation Plan:
Who developed the plan?
The LNRCP was prepared by the Heritage Conservancy, funded by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and finalized in October 2007.
What is the plan?
The Little Neshaminy Creek RCP encompasses 43 square miles and includes 16 linear miles of the Little Neshaminy and six miles of the Park Creek main stems.
The Little Neshaminy has been the focus of extensive federal, state and local efforts to protect and improve watershed resources. A river conservation plan for this watershed will focus efforts to coordinate the development of a comprehensive plan to identify significant resources, develop conservation and land management measures with specific implementation actions and assist local communities with making decisions regarding long-term watershed protection.
What is the purpose of the plan?
The purpose of a river conservation plan is to provide a comprehensive inter-municipal approach to improving, conserving and making better use of the river's resources and surrounding land in this particular watershed area. The three main goals of the LNRCP are to improve watershed-related activities, to educate the public about watershed issues and to encourage resource protection and stewardship.
Little Neshaminy Creek & Bradford Lake Watershed Assessment:
This report describes the findings of a comprehensive assessment of the Bradford Lake watershed, which includes Bradford Lake and its major tributaries. It was prepared by Aqua Link, Inc. for the Bucks County Conservation District, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and finalized in June 2005. Bradford Lake, also known as Warrington Lake and Floodwater Retarding Dam PA-611, is a 22- acre impoundment created in 1975 located off of County Line Road in Warrington Township. The lake receives stream flow via the Little Neshaminy Creek and two unnamed tributaries. Water quality and findings for both Bradford Lake and its watershed were used to make recommendations for improvement at the end of the report.