Oct 26, 2010

International Coastal Clean-Up at Wall Park

We would like to thank the awesome volunteers who came out last Saturday to help us clean the banks of the Tookany Creek in Wall Park as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. In just a few hours, our small team managed to remove all of the following items: 56 plastic beverage bottles…

Oct 25, 2010

30 Days to Cleaner Streets this November!

You can be part of a cleaner Philadelphia! Imagine how beautiful our streets would be if every person in the watershed picked up one piece of trash everyday for 30 days. Together we can make that vision a reality! From November 1 to November 30, 2010, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is picking up one…

Oct 20, 2010

Philadelphia City Hall Hearing on Marcellus Shale

After a day long hearing of expert testimony on September 28th, Philadelphia City Council adopted a resolution supporting House Bill 2754, which was introduced by Representative Tony Payton (whose district includes parts of the TTF Watershed). The Bill calls for a three year statewide moratorium on hydrolic fracturing and establishes a Marcellus Shale Study Commission…

Oct 18, 2010

Reverend Williams Stars in Stormwater Video

Check out this stormwater video from GreenTreks, starring TTF’s awesome partner, Reverend Chester Williams! Solving Runoff Block by Block from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

Oct 18, 2010

Hidden Treasures in Philly-Area Sewers!

As we are constantly reminding people here at TTF, everything you put down a household drain, flush down your toilet, or drop in a storm drain on the street ends up in our sewer system. Depending on where you live, items dropped into storm drains on the street will either be combined with household wastewater…

Oct 14, 2010

Newsweek on the Race to Buy Up the World’s Water

This week’s Newsweek contains an fascinating article that asks the question, “Should private companies control our most precious natural resource?” Calling water “the new oil,” the article examines a series of important issues surrounding water rights and water privatization. An excerpt: “Water has been a public resource under public domain for more than 2,000 years,”…

Oct 13, 2010

Academy of Natural Sciences Studies Gas Drilling’s Effects on Streams

An article in yesterday’s Inquirer discussed the Academy of Natural Sciences’ study on the effects of natural gas drilling on our waterways. From the article: A preliminary study by Academy of Natural Sciences researchers suggests that even without spills or other accidents, drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania’s rich Marcellus Shale formation could degrade nearby…

Oct 5, 2010

Volunteer Today in Germantown!

RAIN CAN’T STOP US!!! Remember to come help TTF in the last steps of our Vacant Lot Revitalization project today. We will be planting native flowers, shrubs, bushes and bulbs at 5:00 pm today, October 5th, at the corner of Washington Lane and Clearview Street. Wear your work clothes. We will have all the tools…

Sep 29, 2010

Tour a Restored Segment of Tacony Creek!

We encourage all watershed residents to attend this exciting event! Event: Tour of a restored segment of Tacony Creek Date: Saturday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m. Location: Tacony Creek, located south of Roosevelt Boulevard (US 1), downstream of the Whitaker Avenue Bridge and upstream of the Wyoming Avenue Bridge. Entrance via Scattergood Foundation Friends Hospital…

Sep 28, 2010

Philadelphia and Marcellus Shale

Ashley and I were pleased to spend the day today hearing expert testimony from scientists, gas companies, environmentalists, government officials, and economists at a Philadelphia City Council Hearing regarding the Marcellus Shale. We’ll have a long post up summarizing each speaker shortly, but for now, we’d like to point you to an article that ran…

Sep 27, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan News

Check out this awesome news via PennFuture! Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a draft Watershed Implementation Plan (the “WIP”) outlining Pennsylvania’s plan to reduce pollution in our local waterways and meet the expectations of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup strategy, officially called a total maximum daily load or TMDL. The federal Clean…

Sep 27, 2010

More on Cheltenham’s New Recycling Guidelines

News from Cheltenham Township: TOWNSHIP EXPANDS PLASTICS RECYCLING Cheltenham Township has expanded its residential recycling program to include most plastics, effective immediately. The program has long accepted #1 and #2 plastics, which covers the majority of plastic containers. Now plastic items with recycling codes #3 through #7 may also be recycled, except for plastic bags,…

Sep 14, 2010

Great News for Recycling in Cheltenham!

We just wrote about how Philadelphia expanded its recycling program to include plastics #1-7. Now Cheltenham has done the same! Cheltenham residents can now recycle all plastics except for plastic bags, pvc piping and styrofoam. This change is effective immediately. Congratulations, Cheltenham!

Aug 4, 2010

Great News for Recycling in Philadelphia!

As of August 1, Philadelphia residents can recycle plastics #1-7! From the Philadelphia Streets Department Website: Recycle All Plastic Containers! You’ve been recycling plastic containers marked: #1: Soda, water bottles #2: Milk jugs, detergents, shampoo bottles Now you can add: #3: Rigid plastic containers and juice bottles #4: Plastic tubs and lids from butter, margarine…

Jul 19, 2010

Art Garden Party

On Friday, we had the privilege of hosting an Art Garden Party with our partners at Artology. Artology is “an art and science summer learning program with an emphasis on ecology and environmental justice [that] sparks students’ curiosity by utilizing Philadelphia’s park system as a vibrant interactive classroom.” TTF has been partnering with Artology this…

Jul 15, 2010

Update from PHS

Yesterday we wrote about some budget decisions that affect the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Vacant Land Stabilization Program. Today, we have an update from PHS President Drew Becher, and John Ball, Chair of the PHS Council: A few days ago we asked for your help in encouraging the City of Philadelphia to continue funding the PHS…

Jul 14, 2010

Help Save the PHS Vacant Land Program

Here at TTF, we are extremely committed to turning vacant lots into community spaces — especially gardens that can help manage stormwater! So we really, really do not want to see the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s vacant land program disappear. Read on for the bad news, courtesy of the Next Great City newsletter, and what you…

Jul 13, 2010

The Science of Playing in the Rain

TTF has been working with BuildaBridge’s Artology program over the past few weeks, teaching students about watersheds and stormwater issues. By the looks of this video, it seems like they really get the message!

Jul 8, 2010

Caring for Your Tree

Have you had a tree planted in front of your house lately? If so follow these steps to keep your tree healthy and beautiful… Water Water is crucial for your trees survival, particularly during the first year after planting. Water your tree when the soil is dry beneath the mulch. Apply approximately 15-20 gallons of…

Jul 8, 2010


Last night, Ashley and I caught a screening of Gasland, a film that explores natural gas drilling and its effect on water quality, air quality and human and animal health. As we’ve written about before, natural gas drilling is done through a controversial process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — the Gasland website explains fracking…

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