Our 2018 Milestone Award Winners: Friend of the Watershed & the Legacy Award

Emilie Wetzel
Apr 24, 2018

Friend of the Watershed  

Cathy Callan, Alcynthia Cowell, Janet Everly, Steve and Judy Heath, and Terri Taylor

We are so excited to recognize these five Cheltenham homeowners for their enthusiastic participation in our creekside buffer planting project in 2014.

They each matched the investment of volunteer planting hours and donated plants, purchased plants, and professional buffer design with a cash donation. Since the planting, they have enthusiastically partnered with us to maintain these sites, home to over 200 native trees and shrubs as well as 500 flowers and grasses.

They have shared our pride that their backyards have been recognized by Audubon Pennsylvania as Bird Habitat. In June 2016, they welcomed visitors as part of our successful Creekside Bird Garden Tour, a fun way we spread the word about the clean water and habitat benefits of creekside and native plants. Here’s the Backyard Plants

These watershed heroes have not only helped to restore our creeks, they serve as important Ambassadors for clean water in their neighborhoods! 

Legacy Award

Ethel Jordan Family 

Ethel Jordan Park was named after the late Ethel Jordan, a beloved crossing guard who worked at the corner of Jenkintown Road and Osceola Avenue in Abington’s McKinley neighborhood for 32 years. Her extended family has been incredibly involved and devoted to the clean water work we’ve done in the park, (home to the Jenkintown Creek) from trees to the riparian buffer to the newly installed rain garden. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren come to every planting event, demonstrating great enthusiasm and energy. Their commitment to their mother’s legacy of caring for the community is truly inspiring!

Leo Sheng

Leo Sheng is an avid fisherperson and environmentalist. His YouTube channel is a great place to learn about different species of fish as well as about the health of our creeks and rivers. Leo regularly visits our watershed, creating wonderful videos that educate and entertain his 125,000 subscribers. He is inspiring people of all ages to get wet, and learn and care about our local waterways and creatures that live in them. Check out his videos at Extreme Philly Fishing.

Join us to celebrate these watershed heroes at our annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at our home at the Globe Dye Works in Frankford


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