In the summer of 2001, Dave Froehlich, Executive Director of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, addressed the group and gave tips regarding characteristics to help a fledgling watershed group succeed.  He indicated that in addition to money and resources, a presence in the community, forming partnerships, and having a board of directors that is willing to work on projects, fund raising, and represent the group in the community are all important.  In July 2001, an interim Board of Directors was appointed.  The group reviewed a list of potential projects for its kick-off event, and decided to hold a stream clean-up in September 2001.  Association members, along with others from the community, removed more than two tons of debris from the stream, near the confluence of the main stem of the Neshaminy Creek, in Chalfont. 

The organization also chose its logo at the September event, and the North Branch Watershed Association’s identity was further established.  Those in attendance at the November, 2001 meeting heard John Munro, of Munro Ecological Services, speak about the importance of riparian buffer restoration, and issues involved in recreating natural stream environments.  At the November meeting, attendees were also asked to submit their names for consideration for board positions, which were voted upon at the January 2002 meeting. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Department of State on January 22, 2002, officially incorporating the North Branch Watershed Association.

Since that time, NBWA has held annual meetings and stream clean-ups, riparian buffer plantings, a Watershed Awareness Day, and hosted speakers on various topics. The annual stream clean-ups every September have been particularly well attended events for the group. New members are needed to build on the progress NBWA has made to the present and ensure it continues to evolve and fulfill its mission statement, “to improve, protect and preserve the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek, its stream corridors and tributaries, through environmental education, conservation efforts, and promotion of sound land use practices, for the benefit of the community and the health of the watershed ecosystem.

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