Jenkintown Storm Drain Marking With The Hackley School

Julie Slavet
Oct 15, 2012

Over 50 seventh grade students from the Hackley School joined TTF for a Green Apple Day of Service to mark storm drains in Jenkintown, one of our watershed communities on Thursday, October 11th.

Our Educator, Molly Finch, taught a watershed stewardship lesson and explained why storm drain marking is important — because most drains lead directly to creeks! The mission of the students was to mark storm drains, complete a trash tally and identify watershed health indicators, all key steps in learning how to be a good watershed steward.

Grouping Together
Volunteers disperse into groups and head out to mark storm drains.

Marking drains is an important tool to educate community residents about where storm drains go, because many people do not realize that storm drains lead directly to creeks. Through our outreach and education work, we hope to curb the practice of people using storm drains as dump sites. TTF marks storm drains through a project with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

TTF organized this event because we have already marked a number of storm drains in Jenkintown and want to reach our goal of having all of the drains in the borough marked. With help from the Hackley School, we are closer to this objective.

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Volunteers apply glue for the storm drain marker.

We’d like to thank Jenkintown Borough for their cooperation and hospitality. Borough Manager Carolyn Hanel made an appearance to thank the volunteers for all their hard work. TTF would also like to thank the Hackley School’s lively volunteers. Their positive attitudes and energy made the day a success!

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