Note that this page has many materials related to Mill Run and the local watershed. They are admitedly not well organized!
However, many resource materials are here. We encourage you to scroll and click and get familiar with what's here. Also see relevant links on our home page, bear the bottom.
A Letter from David Burke of the PA Department of Environmental Protection to our vice president, Andrew Rudin, March 7, 2002:
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has come up with a plan to eliminate
Special diversion structures will be installed at certain locations in
Note that the locations that are being considered for these diversion
Attached to this email is a MSPowerpoint file with two slides. One slide
There is another aspect of the City's corrective action plan that I ought
If you like, I could make myself available to discuss these solutions
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Mill Run Coliform Data - Click HERE to see latest data.
Links: Mill Run Winter Photos: These pictures show a series of scenes of Mill Run in Winter. They were taken for for planning purposes for Earth Day activities.
|This scene shows the so-called "floatables" landing in Mill Run at the little park at Coventry and News Second Streets. These items wash into sewers in Philadelphia and float downstream in Mill Run from the culvert at Coventry and Cheltenham. This process has continued unabated for decades. Now that we have gotten the water pollution level reduced substantially, we intend to stop this landscape-destroying visible pollution. Join us in our work!
Mill Run is a lovely stream that winds its way through Melrose Park. Ducks play in it, and the stream is enchanting at many places as it runs along.
However, the stream has its environmental problems. Neighbors are working closely with Township officials, the Philadelphia Water Deparment, and other organizations to assure that a total clean-up takes place. Over a million dollars has been allocated to resolving the situation problems. As a concerned, involved neighborhood, we are working on resolving situation.
The article below by Andy Rudin gives some of the particulars.
Description by Andy Rudin
Mill Run starts at the north side of Cheltenham
Avenue near the SEPTA overpass leading to the Melrose Park train
station. The water comes out of a concrete tunnel from three
sources -- natural springs, surface runoff gathered by storm
drains, and raw sewage. Mill Run follows Coventry Avenue and
New Second Street to flow into Tacony Creek by the fire tower
training facility on Tacony Creek Parkway.
One Melrose Park resident, whose house is on the banks of Mill
Run, remembers that there were fish in the stream about 30 or 40
years ago. Since then, Mill Run has become increasingly polluted
with raw sewage almost totally from homes and apartments on the
south side of Cheltenham Avenue. In that section of Philadelphia,
there are two sets of drains from each building. One is supposed
to carry only rain runoff, and the other sewage. Frequently, the
owners of these buildings and the plumbers they hired piped raw
sewage into the storm drain, which ends up in Mill Run.
The stream contains so much sewage that very few animals live in
the water. The Department of Environmental Protection has been
testing the water from Mill Run to find concentrations of fecal
coliform bacteria up to 200,000 colonies per 100 milliliters. A
public beach in New Jersey is closed if there are more than 200
colonies per 100 milliliters.
Many Melrose Park residents have protested to government officials
over the years, and on June 30, 1998 the Department of
Environmental Protection and the City of Philadelphia Water
Department signed a Consent Order and Agreement to correct the
This project has started slowly. With the relatively dry weather,
the bacterial counts have been very high and the stench has become
more intolerable. While progress has been made in cleaning up the
water, the residents of Melrose Park need to make sure that the
work continues with the end result of water tests which indicate
no raw sewage.
If you are interested in helping with this project, contact:
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