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


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…

Oct 12, 2009

After the Rain Tour: The Impact of Rain and New Stormwater Solutions

On Sunday, October 4th, TTF and Fairmount Park were joined by a group of dedicated citizens looking to learn about Best Management Practices for Stormwater Solutions. After a fun, interactive activity demonstrating how a watershed works, we all set off for a tour of local stormwater management projects. Stop 1 was the Awbury Arboretum’s bioswale…

Oct 12, 2009

Christopher Swain Video

TTF will be joining forces once again with swimmer/activist Christopher Swain for an e-waste drive on November 21 and 22 at Cedarbrook Middle School (more info here). Christopher is currently swimming 1000 miles of the East Coast to raise awareness for clean water issues. In the days leading up to our e-waste drive, Christopher will…

Oct 7, 2009

Coalition for Philadelphia’s Riverfronts, Inaugural Address

Along the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River, on the evening of October 6th, the Coalition for Philadelphia’s Riverfronts (CPR) made their inaugural address to bikers, joggers, professionals and interested citizens about their goal of creating a greenway that follows the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. The goal of the coalition is to…

Oct 7, 2009

6300 Block of Ross Street Gets Green Design Plan

This past Saturday, October 3rd, another exciting meeting was held on the 6300 block of Ross Street where the Philadelphia Water Department presented residents with the design for their new green street. Ross Street has a high point in the middle of the block, causing water to cascade down toward both ends of the block…

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