Jun 2, 2023

Philly’s plastic bag ban is working, but we can do better

This op-ed is reposted. Find the original Inquirer piece here. The city of Philadelphia released a report last month evaluating Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban — which went into effect on July 1, 2021 — and how its requirements changed bag use in the city. The study found that while the ban was successful in dramatically…

May 31, 2023

Welcome new Walk with Me Leader, Katie Leander!

By Katie Leander, Walk with Me Leader Hello, neighbors and TTF friends!  My name is Katie, and I am a homeschooling mom and friend of Tacony Creek Park. After many years of enjoying all that the TTF Watershed offers, I recently took the fun step of becoming a walking group leader. Although I was born…

May 25, 2023

Lots of Nature & Wildlife in TTF Watershed: 2023 City Nature Challenge & Spring BioBlitz

Our annual BioBlitz ran from April 22 through May 1. A BioBlitz encourages participants to observe as many species over a set amount of time in a particular geographic area. For this event, we used the app iNaturalist, which enables observers to submit their data and observations to the special TTF project page. iNaturalist is a…

May 22, 2023

TTF staff participate in new Professionals of Color cohort hosted by Institute for Conservation Leadership

By Malcolm Bundy, Philadelphia Community Organizer Starting in the fall of 2022, The Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) launched an exciting new pilot program for BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) professionals in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and other William Penn Foundation Watershed Protection Program Grantees. The program is a year-long cohort…

May 19, 2023

Capturing the TTF: Announcing the 2023 TTF Watershed-wide Photo Contest!

*Para español, deslice hacia el final de la página* TTF Watershed Partnership: 2023 Photo Contest Details & Rules TTF and the Olney Culture Lab are happy to announce our third biannual photo contest, made possible by the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, The Circuit Trails, and the William Penn Foundation. For the second time,…

May 4, 2023

Partner Alliance Spotlight, Essential Utilities: Champion of Communities

Every collaboration that TTF develops helps pursue our mission of a healthy watershed more effectively everyday! That’s why we collaborate with dedicated volunteers, Board members, friends, and partners. Our special TTF Partner Alliance members are vital to our work educating neighbors and stakeholders about clean water issues and how we can all make a difference…

May 2, 2023

Linking Arms at the 2nd annual Birds of a Feather in Tacony Creek Park

Tacony Creek Park (TCP) was very much alive with love, art, activity, and food as neighbors came together on Celebrate Trails and Earth Day 2023, for TTF’s second annual Birds of a Feather! Saturday, April 22 was a day filled with art and unity, as artist Evan Lovett of VURT repainted the beautiful 20 ft….

May 2, 2023

2023 Spring Cleanup Events Across Philly Watersheds

This is a guest blog, reposted from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). View the original post here. Thank you, Philly Water for highlighting cleanup opportunities across the city, including our ongoing work in Tacony Creek Park. Did you know that PWD makes our community engagement, program, improvement, and planning work in Tacony Creek Park possible?…

Apr 19, 2023

Partner Alliance Spotlight, REI: Investing in our Local Communities

“Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean.” — Ryunosuke Satoro TTF is able to achieve our mission of improving the health and vitality of the TTF watershed not only with staff, volunteers, Board members, and friends but also through the help of dedicated partners. Our special team of partners in the…

Apr 14, 2023

Mapping Our Watershed: Community Science and Art in Cheltenham Township

We are excited to work once again with Rebecca Schultz as well as Cheltenham Center for the Arts on the vastly creative and community-uniting project, Mapping Our Watershed. Through six workshops, community members will learn about their watershed, and why it’s important to understand watershed health!  Incorporating art into these sessions will create interest for…

Apr 12, 2023

Nature-Based Pollution Solutions Coming to Northwood!

As part of the twenty-five-year Green City Clean Waters program, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is installing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) projects across the city to combat pollution from stormwater runoff and the resulting combined sewer overflows into our waterways, including the Tacony Frankford Creek.  We’re excited when GSI projects come to our watershed because…

Mar 27, 2023

Job Posting: AWE Delaware River Watershed Fellowship

      2023 Delaware River Watershed Fellowship at Tacony/Tookany Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) Start date: June 5-14, 2023          End date: August 18-25, 2023 The Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a 12-week, paid summer job opportunity designed to introduce young people from local communities to careers in environmental education. Fellows are hired at one of…

Mar 22, 2023

Watershed residents learn how to sow native plant seeds

View of riparian buffer at Ethel Jordan Park. As a watershed organization, we recognize the importance of native plants and their connection to healthier watersheds and healthier communities.  We hosted our first native seed starting workshop in collaboration with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 25. A special…

Mar 21, 2023

2022 Chloride Blitzes show extreme spikes in salt levels

Suburban runoff is one of the biggest challenges to the health and vitality of the TTF watershed. Runoff is rainwater that flows off of roofs and roads, where it ends up in our creeks, leading to flooding and erosion.  When salt is applied to roads in the wintertime, the impact on the health of our…

Mar 7, 2023

Learning to Ride A Bike Opens Doors to New Opportunities

Guest Blog by Siani Colon, TCP (Tacony Creek Park) Keeper “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein in a letter he wrote to his son in 1930. Though his words remain true, that doesn’t mean keeping your balance on either life…

Feb 22, 2023

2023 Community Service Get-Together features special guests: Garfield Refining & Temple Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Every year, we host a Community Service Get-Together to share the many ways in which volunteers can get involved with TTF, and to share ideas amongst peers. On Thursday, February 16, leaders from organizations, schools, and businesses attended the online get-together.                     If you missed the…

Feb 9, 2023

Say hello to our Winter 2023 Intern, Quinzel!

This blog is written by our first intern of 2023, Quinzel Miller Jr. We are so excited to welcome him to the TTF team! Hi, TTF watershed family; my name is Quinzel Miller Jr, and I am a senior at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School in Philadelphia. During my internship with TTF, I hope to…

Feb 9, 2023

Work with us to care for your park! Job Opening: Seasonal Maintenance Attendant for Tacony Creek Park

SEASONAL MAINTENANCE ATTENDANT (SMA) The Seasonal Maintenance Attendant is a 6-month position, at 37.5 hours a week. It includes an hourly pay of $14.25. SMA Duties:  Includes turf and grounds maintenance work: maintaining and improving the park  Pick up/gather litter and trash in the park; empty trash cans; deliver trash to a central…

Jan 24, 2023

Job Posting: Environmental Educator

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership 4500 Worth Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 Part-Time, Salary: $25 per hour Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is an environmental non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the health and vitality of our watershed by collaborating with our municipalities and leading our communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy. Across our watershed…

Jan 24, 2023

70+ Volunteers Honor MLK Day in Tacony Creek Park with TTF

Every year, watershed residents and organizations from across the region contact us to ask how they can participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and improve our watershed. This year, this support was especially helpful as we were faced with the challenge of removing hundreds of tires dumped in Tacony Creek Park…

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