“A new construction project along the Brandywine Creek in Chester County is underway to create new wetland areas that will help provide flood control to nearby residents,” reports Denise Coleman, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) State Conservationist.
In 1994, the installation of the Hibernia Dam negatively impacted previously existing wetlands and the wetlands haven’t functioned as intended. According to a press release on August 18th, the intention of the project is to “restore wetlands and improve water quality, but also to update aging flood control structures, protect and maintain water supplies, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. NRCS acquires easements and restores floodplains to safeguard lives and property in areas along streams and rivers that have experienced flooding.” The Army Corps of Engineers, USDA-NRCS, and local, county and state authorities are contributing expertise to ensure success.
“Wetlands are an essential part of any landscape,” said Coleman. “In addition to providing flood control, they also help improve water quality, create wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion, and help filter pollutants.”
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