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Mar 17, 2022

TTF neighbor & partner, Bennett Compost: a leading sustainable business in Philly!

Philadelphia residents are frustrated with the large amounts of trash across our city, a critical issue for the health of our air quality, waterways, and more.  Each year, Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.4 million tons of residential and commercial waste. 55% of this goes to landfills in the state, and 45% is first burned in…

Mar 17, 2022

People of the Park: Share your Tacony Creek Park story and connection!

TTF is excited to partner with Olney Culture Lab on “People of the Park,” a pilot engagement project that’s part of the Tacony Creek Park Master Plan process. Do you visit Tacony Creek Park often? Are you interested in telling your story? Let us know! Contact olneyculturelab@gmail.com or 215-385-5059. Learn more below in English, Spanish,…

Mar 17, 2022

TTF Streamkeeper Testifies at Philadelphia City Council about Road Salt

Testimony for City Council Hearing on Issues Around Road Salting These past few months, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the impact of road salt on our waterways. Working with partners, we have been successful at raising the profile of this critical issue with the media, elected officials, and citizens. We’re proud that Philadelphia…

Feb 16, 2022

Meet Malcolm, our new Philadelphia Community Organizer!

by Malcolm Bundy My name is Malcolm Bundy and I’m excited to join TTF Watershed Partnership as the new Philadelphia Community Organizer! I can’t wait to work with our partners to educate the community about the issues that our watershed faces and foster relationships to support our outreach and stewardship efforts. I have a bachelor’s…

Feb 13, 2022

Collaborative clean water projects in Alverthorpe Park will improve Jenkintown Creek!

Engineering Students from a senior design studio class at Temple University majoring came to Alverthorpe Park to plant native perennials in a new stormwater feature that TTF had just installed. This was a great opportunity for students in the class to experience real-world application of their studies as well as to lend a helping hand….

Jan 18, 2022

On the move with TTF: rain garden plants find new home!

In 2012, TTF installed a rain garden to capture and clean runoff from the Olney Recreation Center roof in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department. This feature not only managed stormwater, but also created a habitat and a beautiful area of native plants for birds, bees, recreation center attendees, and neighbors to enjoy. The good…

Jan 12, 2022

TTF Team Says Goodbye, 2021 and Hello, 2022!

2021 Favorites and Hopes for 2022 by the TTF Team I think we all might know that the word “unprecedented” was one of the most used words of 2020 and 2021. However, it is the perfect word to describe life for the past two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these ‘unprecedented’ times, TTF…

Jan 12, 2022

Finding Frankford Creek: Exploring problems & solutions

Throughout the summer and fall of 2021, TTF hosted a series of tours in collaboration with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network as part of Finding Frankford: Investing in the Long-Term Recovery of a Forgotten Urban Stream, a program to learn about watershed problems, explore solutions, and celebrate the recovery and the future of our waterways. This tour series was…

Jan 6, 2022

What a Hoot! 2021 Christmas Bird Count: 35 Species seen in Tacony Creek Park!

Our dedicated Philadelphia bird lovers came together on the morning of December 18 to participate in the 2021 Christmas Bird Count, and observed 35 species! Our participants walked the entire 3.2-mile Tacony Creek Park trail and found the following 35 bird species: Canada Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Mourning Dove, Ring-billed Gull,…

Jan 4, 2022

The River Alive! Learning Trail will bring wonder and learning to Tacony Creek Park 

(Para español, vea el final del artículo) “Play may seem simple, yet it is profound to a child’s development. Play makes learning something that happens naturally and joyfully, when a child laughs and wonders, explores and imagines.“* We see our watershed as one big interactive playground that has the capacity to inspire its residents, young…

Dec 10, 2021

Shape the future of your Tacony Creek Park: Take our interactive survey!

Tacony Creek Park is one of Philadelphia’s urban watershed parks and a critical green space for Olney, Lawncrest, Feltonville, Juniata Park, and Frankford neighbors, as well as all of our city’s residents. We need YOU to tell us what you think about the park! Community feedback is a valuable source of information to keep the…

Dec 7, 2021

Julie Slavet, TTF Executive Director honored with Conservation Award by Wyncote Audubon Society

We are so honored to share these words with you to celebrate the recognition of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s Executive Director with the John Dornan Conservation Award by the Wyncote Audubon Society on December 5. These comments were shared by Robin Irizarry, Board of Directors, Wyncote Audubon Society and Alliance for Watershed Education Fellowship Coordinator,…

Dec 3, 2021

Why were they digging big holes in the lawn at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel?

We are excited to share this article as a guest blog, reposted from Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. You can find the original here. We are honored to work together with Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel to improve our creeks and watershed community. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in partnership with the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership secured grant funding to…

Nov 22, 2021

Op-Ed: ‘I did what I could to prevent erosion on our family’s land, but I worry it is not enough’

This is a featured guest blog, written by Alan Hunt. The piece originally ran in NJ Spotlight News, which you can find here. ALAN HUNT | NOVEMBER 17, 2021 | OPINION, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT, WATER Don’t leave it to individuals to deal with failing infrastructure, climate change and invasive species Op-Ed: ‘I did what I could to prevent erosion…

Nov 18, 2021

Watershed Districts: The Case for Environmental Gerrymandering

Watershed Districts: The Case for Environmental Gerrymandering* By David Bell We usually think of ourselves as living in a particular city, town, or neighborhood. What if we considered ourselves to be citizens of a watershed, rather than a city or town? And in this season of redistricting, what if legislative districts and municipal borders were…

Nov 18, 2021

Philly Tree Plan: Growing Our Urban Forest for our watershed neighborhoods

We really care about trees at TTF! Trees are important in so many ways: they absorb and filter stormwater. The cleaner the water and the less of it that gets into our pipes, the healthier are our creeks.  Trees also cool our neighborhoods, many of which face higher temperatures caused by the urban heat effect….

Nov 17, 2021

JOB POSTING: Philadelphia Community Organizer

JOB POSTING: Philadelphia Community Organizer (PCO) Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Organizational Background The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is seeking a Philadelphia Community Organizer (PCO) to lead outreach efforts and develop relationships with community residents and organizations to improve the health of our Philadelphia watershed neighborhoods. TTF is a non-profit organization that works across its 30 square…

Nov 8, 2021

350 Trees Now Planted and Given Out In Northeast Philadelphia

This blog is a repost from Riverfront North. November 5, 2021 Northeast Philadelphia is a little bit greener this November. Riverfront North Partnership and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership collaborated on five events in October to plant and give away over 350 trees in the Frankford and Holmesburg Neighborhoods. This effort was made possible by partnership with Arbor Day…

Nov 1, 2021

Tacony Creek Park community enjoys Fall Festival & Concert with Olney Culture Lab

We premiered a TTF first this fall! We hosted our first Fall Festival on October 2nd. Community groups, friends, and family gathered at the big grassy field on Olney Avenue, between Tabor Road and Rising Sun Avenue. A popular spot for picnics, volleyball games, and our Movie Nights, this was the perfect spot to gather…

Oct 29, 2021

The Outdoors are for Everyone: Thrive Outside Day

This blog is a repost from the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Thrive Outside Day – Philly 2021 Time spent in nature positively contributes to healing and well-being. Our world is witnessing incredible upheaval and Americans across the country have taken to the outdoors in search of respite from COVID-19. The Outdoor Foundation 2021 Participation Trends…

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