Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed: Clean Your Water

Mill Run

Mill Run has some of the poorest water quality readings in the watershed as a result of the impact of leaky pipes. This watershed also receives some of the stormwater from the Philadelphia side of the watershed, some of which is very urban in its use and land cover. This is evident along the Cheltenham Avenue boundary. The Philadelphia Water Department has been working with Cheltenham Township to correct this problem for some time.

Flooding also has resulted from the extensive impervious surfaces. Mill Run clearly shows the eroded channel and undercutting from the excessive volume of stormwater.  This often gives the water a “muddy” brown look after a rainstorm. Much scour, or scraping away of the stream bed, is happening off Cheltenham Avenue.