At our second annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 22, TTF will honor people, organizations, public agencies, and companies whose efforts in improving and protecting the TTF watershed deserve special recognition. Meet our honorees below!
Friend of the TTF Watershed
TTF would like to recognize the outstanding students, faculty, and administration of the Abington School District for their enthusiastic collaboration in the successful design, implementation, and stewardship of the East Baeder Creek Riparian Buffer. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Leigh Altadonnna, Assistant Superintendent and Stephen J. Saile, Supervisor of Facilities for their inspired leadership.
In November 2012, 100 excited volunteers, most of them Abington students, planted a 16,000 square foot buffer of 500 native shrubs, trees, and flowers along the East Baeder Creek. This buffer features an interpretive sign and serves as an outdoor classroom for school students and neighbors. The Abington School District is home to the headwaters of East and West Baeder Creek, both sources of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek. This buffer planting was TTF’s first in project Abington.
The Abington School District is the recipient of many awards from Money Magazine to US News and World Report. TTF is proud to join this impressive group by honoring the Abington School District for its exemplary dedication to environmental stewardship as a property owner and educator.
TTF would like to recognize the Roots to Re-Entry Landscape Training and Job Placement Program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its leadership in providing Green Stormwater Infrastructure Management training. This program recognizes both the incredible opportunity and challenge created by Philadelphia’s groundbreaking Green City Clean Waters program.
The Roots to Re-Entry Landscape Training and Job Placement Program was founded by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and its partners to assist former inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System to find employment. The program offers inmates the chance to learn new skills in landscape management and local food production as well as gain a fulfilling employment opportunity upon release. Inmates receive 14 weeks of training focused on developing skills in job preparedness, health, local food production, and landscape management.
Through funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in partnership with TTF and GreenTreks, PHS will develop training components to teach Roots to Re-Entry participants the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Management.
TTF honors the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) for its outstanding ‘going-green’ watershed improvement projects. In addition to serving as a critical partner in the planting of the East Baeder Creek Riparian Buffer, the EAC has led an impressive Rain Barrel the Town program and restored a section of Sandy Run (within the Wissahickon watershed).
The Abington EAC is dedicated to going green by educating volunteers, community members, organizations, and businesses about how to improve the environment and maintain healthy green infrastructure. EAC’s seven volunteer members are committed to informing the public about how they can improve the environment in their own neighborhoods as well as surrounding areas through a variety of volunteer events.
TTF Watershed Educator
TTF recognizes Dottie Baumgarten for her passion and dedication as a watershed educator committed to improving the health and vitality of our watershed. She worked closely with Cheltenham Township, the Partnership for Delaware Estuary, and TTF to create and develop the Clean Water Partners program to educate and engage businesses on stormwater management.
Dottie is not your average environmental educator with the Philadelphia Water Department. Through her firm, Sustainable Choices, she shares her enthusiasm and knowledge at events and programs from tours to conferences, across the region. An active member of the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council, Dottie founded the Friends of Grove Park in Glenside. She teaches sustainability and gardening to both children and their parents at House at Pooh Corner in Germantown.
Denise Eiler is a teacher at the Baldi School and a Philadelphia resident. She has been a consistent, energetic volunteer at many TTF events. She brings along her family and together they work as a team to clean up and plant. Denise is a great help to us, serving as an additional educator at our events. Denise earned an MA in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University. It is an honor to see her put her leadership skills into action!
TTF Watershed Youth Champion
Central High School 10th grader Aliyah Patterson is our most enthusiastic, consistent volunteer. Aliyah has worked tirelessly at a variety of our events across the watershed including tree and surveying, gift wrapping, riparian buffer and tree planting, and cleanups. Her energetic young leadership and interest in clean water and a healthy environment bring an exciting spark to our events. She is the youngest member in the first class of Watershed Heroes!
We are excited to watch her environmental passion grow and look forward to working with her when she serves with us as our WorkReady summer intern.
TTF Watershed Municipal Leader
TTF is proud to have Cheltenham Township as a strong municipal partner. The township has invested significant dollars as well as staff and volunteer resources to cleaning, planting, and restoring hundreds of feet of stream bank. Over a three year period, the Township and its very active EAC worked diligently to develop and adopt a Riparian Corridor Conservation Ordinance to protect the creek and its watershed. TTF strongly supported adoption of this important ordinance.
Most recently, Cheltenham became the first municipality within Montgomery County to develop a Sustainability Plan. This plan defines ten goals, including Water Management to: minimize stormwater hazards, reduce wastewater flows, increase natural absorption of rainwater, and maximize the utility of rainwater as a resource. Cheltenham Township is to be commended for its commitment to the development of a sustainable plan through a community engagement process.
TTF recognizes the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia for its leadership in forming the Business United Conservation Industry Partnership to advance local businesses working in green stormwater infrastructure. BUC serves to address barriers to industry growth, uncover workforce needs, highlight business-to-business procurement opportunities, promote industry best practices, and keep local business leaders ahead of changes in the marketplace. The BUC Industry Partnership also provides employee training funds to allow businesses and their employees more growth opportunities and earnings potential. BUC’s Industry Partners represent the design, engineering, contracting and construction, manufacturing and supply, landscaping, and maintenance sectors, as well as the skilled trades.
The mission of the Sustainable Business Network is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region by educating and growing a broad base of local, independent businesses and educating policymakers and the public.