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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…

Oct 29, 2021

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Announces Watershed Milestones Award Winners

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Announces  Watershed Milestones Award Winners PHILADELPHIA, PA September 27, 2021 – Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF)  will celebrate watershed heroes for the tenth year at its Annual Watershed Milestones Ceremony on October 20, 2021. The virtual ceremony recognizes local individuals and organizations who have supported clean water efforts in the TTF watershed community….

Oct 28, 2021

Friends show love for Friends by planting trees

Earlier this month, over 40 volunteers joined us to plant 260 plus trees and shrubs on the grounds of historic Friends Hospital. (Did you know that the original hospital building is a National Historic Landmark?) Native trees and shrubs were planted at two different locations on the Friends Hospital campus. A  grant from TreeVitalize provided…

Oct 28, 2021

Let’s Talk About Equity in Green Infrastructure, by a Friend of the TTF Watershed

Guest Blog by John Raisch TTF recently recognized John for his work with an annual Friend of the TTF Watershed Milestones award. You can read more about John here and meet him via video here. After the ceremony, John posted his thoughts about the issue of equity in our watershed on LinkedIn. We are pleased…

Sep 28, 2021

Free Trees for your Yard in Frankford!

It’s tree giveaway time again! This fall, we are excited to be partnering with Riverfront North, the Arbor Day Foundation, and Bank of America to bring trees to Frankford! We’ll host our tree giveaway on Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Womrath Park, located at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and…

Sep 13, 2021

Drumroll, please: Our 2021 Milestones Watershed Heroes!

TTF Watershed Partnership is only able to achieve our clean water work with the help of our exemplary watershed heroes. This year, we are recognizing 6 honorees for this year’s Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony in the following categories: Friend Nonprofit Steward Corporate Steward Educator Legacy Award Friend Some of our closest connections are TTF Friends,…

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