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Last month, at a ceremony in Tookany Creek Park (Cheltenham Township) in Pennsylvania, Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 officials honored Cheltenham Township for its environmental stewardship.
EPA presented a bronze marker to the township officially designating Tookany Creek Park as a Five Star Restoration site. The Five Star Restoration program is a voluntary restoration effort involving at least five different organizations.
At Tookany, there were 11 partners involved in the project. The township's goal, along with its partners', is a comprehensive revitalization and restoration of the creek.
With the EPA grant of $20,000 and the additional funds provided by the partners, volunteers planted native vegetation along the stream's bank to slow eroding and flooding.
The partners have also developed a watershed information and training manual on issues related to the Tookany Creek watershed for middle school students.