May 12, 2022

Garfield Refining & TTF Watershed Partnership Beautify Northeast Philly

This piece is a guest blog, written by the team at Garfield Refining. TTF is delighted to work with a partner as passionate and dedicated as Garfield Refining to keep our city healthy and make our green spaces even greener. Garfield partnered with us back on Earth Day 2021, and we honored them with the…

May 11, 2022

Meet our Ranger in training, Jaquay Scott!

TTF is excited to work with PowerCorpsPHL Rangers during this Spring/Summer Ranger Academy training season. Please welcome Jaquay Scott and Kevin Nicholson, our May trainees. Learn more about Jaquay below. My name is Jaquay Scott, I am a 25-year-old father and Native Philadelphian. Currently, I am apprenticing/serving through Americorps by way of PowerCorpsPHL with the…

May 10, 2022

Now introducing…three new Little Libraries in Tacony Creek Park!

Reading is essential. We are so proud that we have been able to enhance learning opportunities within our watershed (which is really a big outdoor classroom), especially along Tacony Creek Park. We are excited to announce the installation of THREE new Little Libraries in Tacony Creek Park, in collaboration with Read to Succeed Philly! These…

Apr 18, 2022

TTF Live Staking 2021-2022: a Route to Reduce Creek Erosion

By Ryan Neuman, Upstream Conservation Leader During the winter of 2021, TTF harvested cuttings from several species of shrubs at restoration sites across our watershed. We then drove these cuttings into creek banks where erosion is occurring.  This process is called live staking, and is a low-cost, low-maintenance method to reduce creek bank erosion. Another…

Apr 12, 2022

TTF welcomes our first Power Corps PHL Ranger Academy trainees!

TTF is excited to work with six PowerCorpsPHL Rangers during this Spring/Summer Ranger Academy training season. Please welcome brothers Miguel Cruz-Ortiz and Abdiel Cruz, our April trainees. Learn more about them below. My name is Miguel. I am serving in PowerCorpsPHL, an affiliate of Americorps, under their Park Ranger program. I’ve enjoyed working in nature…

Apr 5, 2022

Seventh Annual Tacony Creek Park Maple Sugaring a Success!

TTF hosted its seventh annual Maple Sugaring event in Tacony Creek Park last Saturday, March 26 at the I Street & Ramona Avenue gateway in Juniata Park. A special thanks to the Penn Master of Environmental Studies and Master in Applied GeoSciences students who volunteered to manage the Maple Sugaring stations! Families, community members, children and…

Mar 24, 2022

Record-Breaking Cleanup in Tacony Creek Park: Thank you, partners!

TTF is so excited about our successful Tacony Creek Park Cleanup at the Whitaker Avenue & East Loudon Street Gateway in Feltonville!  On Saturday, March 19 from 10 am until noon, the Philadelphia Watershed Department Watershed Restoration Team, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, CLIP, Ya Fav Trashman, staff, and 45 amazing volunteers (including many Temple University…

Mar 21, 2022

What you need to know about the Philadelphia plastic bag ban

This blog is a repost from the City of Philadelphia. Access the original post here. What you need to know about the City’s plastic bag ban June 23, 2021 | Bria Spivey | Department of Commerce, Office of Sustainability, Office of the Mayor  Last updated: March 15, 2022 This blog has been updated to reflect that as of April…

Mar 17, 2022

Proud to Share: Green City, Clean Waters Progress with Partners

This blog is a repost from the Philadelphia Water Department. Read the original post here. Green City, Clean Waters Progress with Partners Monday, March 14, 2022 Look across Philadelphia. You may notice traffic-calming bumpouts down the block, tree trenches surrounding your local park, or rain gardens soaking up runoff at your child’s school. Green stormwater tools are different from other infrastructure because…

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 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…

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