Stewardship Summary & Reference Links 

Willistown residents have repeatedly identified hiking, trail systems, and nature enjoyment as recreational priorities. Willistown Parks & Recreation recognizes that environmental as well as park infrastructure stewardship are important factors of these priorities that lead to a high quality of life and recreation. Following is information on water stewardship and Okehocking and Serpentine Preserve Management, as well as links to stewardship organizations serving the community.

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association

Willistown Township Parks and Recreation has worked with CRC for many years on the improvement and protection of our precious water resources through joint enhancement projects, stormwater education, and the annual CRC Watershed Clean Up. Visit the CRC website for more information. CRC is currently renting the Garrett Farmhouse at Okehocking Preserve from the Township. Stop by to say hello when you're out for a hike at Okehocking!

Stormwater Awareness

Willistown Township is conducting a comprehensive stormwater management program mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and monitored by the state Department of Environmental Protection. A major component of the program requires an effort by the township to increase citizen stormwater awareness and participation in stormwater protection.

Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater pollution is a challenging water quality problem. It is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites. The water picks up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is the most common cause of water pollution. And as we all know, water is essential to life, so we should all do our part in protecting this precious resource.

Best Management Practices Guidelines

Go to best management practices links for pet owners, business owners, property management, and automobile maintenance.

Report Violations or Problems

Citizens are important advocates for the health of our local streams and water systems. To report a concern, see the list of events to report and whom to contact.  

For more information about stormwater, please visit our stormwater management page.

Okehocking Preserve Management

View Okehocking Preserve acquisition, management, and stewardship information.

View the Okehocking Preserve Management Plan.

Okehocking Trails Program

Find out about the Okehocking Trail Corps

View the Okehocking Preserve Trail Assessment and Prescriptions Report.

View the Okehocking Trail System Map.

View Penn Trails' Bed & Tread Trail Workshop information.

Okehocking Weed Warrior Program

Find out about the Okehocking Weed Warrior Program

Serpentine Preserve Management

CRC & Willistown Township Serpentine Preserve Riparian Buffer Planting

Stewardship Organizations

Brandywine Conservancy

Chester County Water Resources Authority

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association

Delco Anglers & Conservationists

Natural Lands Trust

Valley Forge Audubon 

Valley Forge Trout Unlimited

Willistown Conservation Trust

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