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Dec 16, 2009

A New Year’s Resolution to Keep!

Here is a great New Year’s Resolution for Pennsylvania recommended by PennFuture: Enact mandatory recycling of electronic gadgets and computers. There is nothing to prevent people from simply dumping electronic gadgets, computers and televisions into landfills, even though many are classified as hazardous waste and often contain toxic materials. Legislation being considered by the House…

Dec 14, 2009

Water-Related Legislation News from PennFuture

We are always interested to learn of news in water-related legislation from our friends at PennFuture. Read all about it on their site here or sign up to receive email alerts here. Here’s some of the latest news from PennFuture: A gathering solution for stormwater? Sprawl, inadequate policies, lack of effective legal and financial tools…

Dec 10, 2009

Good News from RecycleNOW Philadelphia!

We just learned of some great news in the December newsletter from RecycleNOW Philadelphia! The following information is a condensed version of the newsletter. You can read the whole thing on the RecycleNOW website. The City of Philadelphia has announced a full launch of the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards program in partnership with RecycleBank. Based on…

Dec 10, 2009

More Must-Read Water Articles from the New York Times

The New York Times has recently published some more truly fascinating articles in their “Toxic Waters” series. In “Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show,” Charles Duhigg explains how some water treatment systems have gotten away with illegal concentrations of harmful substances in drinking water. From the article: More than 20 percent of the…

Dec 10, 2009

2009 International Coastal Cleanup Final Results

In Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, 21.57 tons (43,149 pounds) of trash and litter was removed from local waterways and the Delaware Estuary in a coordinated effort by volunteers on International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day. The ICC, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, is the world’s largest single-day, volunteer effort focused on cleaning the…

Dec 4, 2009

Water Treatment Tales

Have you ever wondered how the water that flows down the Delaware or the Schuylkill Rivers gets treated and makes it to your house? Or are you curious about where the waste you flush down the toilet or spit down the sink goes? If you answered yes, I would recommend taking a tour of the…

Nov 24, 2009

Another Successful Ethical Electronics Recycling Drive

Thank you SO much to all of our amazing volunteers and to everyone who came out and ethically recycled their e-waste this past weekend! During the drive the parking lot of Cedarbrook Elementary School, normally empty on a weekend, was crowded with people and piled high with “e-waste” –old computers, TVs, radios, stereo equipment, toasters,…

Nov 16, 2009

PHS Community Greening Award Ceremony

Last weekend, TTF received a Community Greening Award from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for our riparian buffer and outdoor classroom at Glenside Elementary School. The project, a 10,000 square foot riparian buffer along the main stem of the Tookany Creek behind Glenside Elementary School, was initiated by Glenside 4th grade teacher Linda Jephson and developed…

Nov 16, 2009

Curtis Arboretum Planting

We had a great time planting a riparian buffer along the Tookany Creek at Curtis Arboretum this weekend. Thank you to Barb Duffy and the Cheltenham EAC for all of their great work! See more photos in our Facebook album for this planting!

Nov 12, 2009

Plastic in our Oceans

This New York Times article shows how much damage we’ve done to our oceans. From the article: Light bulbs, bottle caps, toothbrushes, Popsicle sticks and tiny pieces of plastic, each the size of a grain of rice, inhabit the Pacific garbage patch, an area of widely dispersed trash that doubles in size every decade and…

Oct 25, 2009

Local Action Challenge for Philadelphia

Join TTF in this fun eco challenge! SustainLane’s Local Action Challenge is a way for you to make a difference in Philadelphia, and win prizes doing it! As world leaders prepare to hammer out a new climate treaty at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December, the Hopenhagen movement inspires local, on-the-ground action in…

Oct 23, 2009

Elkins Estate

If you have not done so yet, I would highly recommend taking a tour of the Elkins Estate. We were lucky enough to take a tour of the estate last week with the Cheltenham EAC and found that the property is an oasis of rolling green hills and majestic architecture tucked into the northeast corner…

Oct 19, 2009

Toxic Waters Journalist on Fresh Air

Today’s Fresh Air on National Public Radio features Charles Duhigg, a journalist working on the New York Times’ fascinating Toxic Waters series. In the interview, Duhigg notes that in some senses, the Times’ database of water polluters is more comprehensive than the EPA’s, because it includes raw data from all 50 states. One of Duhigg’s…

Oct 19, 2009

The Delaware River Basin Commission and the Marcellus Shale

According to the Delaware River Basin Commission, substantial efforts are being taken to protect water and environment from degradation during extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale deposits that span from West Virginia across Northwestern Pennsylvania and up into New York. But TTF staff recently attended a DRBC presentation held by the American Water…

Oct 15, 2009

TTF in the News — Again!

TTF has made the news again! Check out this article about our recent Model Neighborhood Van Tour in the Germantown Chronicle. Scroll down to “Innovative Water Management Techniques in NW.” From the article: It’s fall. The leaves are turning. It’s a perfect time for water resource tours. At least that’s what the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed…

Oct 14, 2009

Fred Lewis in Grid Magazine

We were so thrilled to discover that the cover story of this month’s Grid magazine features TTF Board Member and friend, Fred Lewis. We’ve written about Fred’s wonderful work with the Senior Environment Corps at Center in the Park here before. You can read the article online here or download the .pdf. Or, you can…

Oct 14, 2009

PECO Green Roof Tour

On Tuesday evening, TTF staff attended a tour of PECO’s green roof. The event was hosted by PHS Young Friends, a group designed to connect adults under the age of 40 with a common interest in sustainability and greening in the Philadelphia region. On the tour, we heard about PECO’s stance on sustainability, the various benefits…

Oct 13, 2009

Howard Neukrug on Radio Times

Listen to Director of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watersheds (and TTF Board Member!) Howard Neukrug on today’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY Radio. The entire program is archived here. In the first hour of the program, Howard explains the combined sewer overflow problem in Philadelphia and how the Green City, Clean…

Oct 13, 2009

Tapped

Check out the trailer for the new documentary, Tapped, which casts a critical eye on the bottled water industry. The film begins with this depressing statement: By the year 2030, two-thirds of the world will be lacking access to clean drinking water. This is a problem every single person will be dealing with regardless of…

Oct 12, 2009

Ross Street Article

There’s another great article about the Green City, Clean Waters plans for Ross Street in the Germantown Chronicle. Scroll down to “PWD Unveils Water Runoff Plan for Ross Street.” From the article: The Model Neighborhoods program is the start of PWD’s $1.6 billion, 20-year effort to clean up its troubled combined sewer overflow system and…

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