The Rowland Community Center was the place to be in Cheltenham last Wednesday as a standing room only crowd of 25 young and old residents packed the room to learn about rain barrels. The presence of Ward 7 Commissioner Charles McKeown, Sr. demonstrated the importance of watershed protection to the people of this Tookany Creek watershed community.
Special thanks to Representative Steve McCarter, Ward 4 Commissioner Ann Rappaport, Cheltenham Township and the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council for helping us get the word out about this opportunity.
TTF’s Community Watershed Specialist Alex Cooper and Executive Director Julie Slavet discussed watershed basics and how rain barrels can help keep water out of our over-burdened sewer systems…helping to protect our creeks…and saving us money!
The engaged and enthusiastic group of environmentists, which included local teachers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 employees, asked many well-informed questions including:
How can we do more to protect our creeks and rivers? What is TTF doing and how can we help? Learn more here!
What other watershed education programs are on our schedule? Visit our Events Page!
How can I learn more about native plants? Right here!
The meeting closed with attendees placing their orders for rain barrels from Camels Hump, our supplier.
TTF will order barrels and have them delivered to the Rowland Community Center at a convenient, to be determined day and time this month. The cost per barrel is $65. Interested in ordering a rain barrel for your home? Contact Alex at or 215-744-1853.
- Here’s a video about how to install a rain barrel from the Rutgers University Agricultural Experiment Station. Their Water Resources Program offers lots of great resources including how to paint and winterize rain barrels, as wall as suggested uses for the water in your barrel.
- Here’s our Rain Barrel brochure for more information.