Federal & State Agencies
United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Water: The federal agency responsible for protecting and improving water quality. Information on national water programs, online library, local information, and more.
Delaware Basin River Commission (DRBC): This regional body was created in 1961 to oversee a unified approach to managing the Delaware River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The members of this regional body include the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York and the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who serves as the federal representative.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Water: The state agency responsible for protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and providing for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. Information on water programs.
County & Municipal Agencies
Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC): MCPC strives to maintain and improve the County’s quality of life by promoting sound planning, strengthening the transportation network, supporting healthy and prosperous communities, and working to create vibrant places and protect natural and historic resources. MCPC’s Stormwater Management website includes a stormwater primer, stormwater management and MS4 plans, links, and resources.
Philadelphia Water Department (PWD): Green City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s 25-year plan to protect and enhance the city’s watersheds by managing stormwater with innovative green infrastructure. PWD developed Green City, Clean Waters to provide a clear pathway to a sustainable future while strengthening the utility, broadening its mission, and complying with environmental laws and regulations. Find information on the city’s watersheds, issues, and programs and opportunities.
Education & Information
Fairmount Water Works (FWW) fosters stewardship of shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. FWW educates citizens about Philadelphia’s urban watershed – its past, present and future – and collaborate with partners to instill an appreciation for the connections between daily life and the natural environment. FWW has become the region’s premier urban environmental education destination and is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as The Delaware River Basin’s Official Watershed Education Center and Gateway Center for the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area.
StormwaterPA is the go-to resource for the most current information and effective, proven techniques in stormwater management.
Waterway and Watershed Advocacy Organizations
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed was formed to help protect and restore the Delaware River, its tributaries, and surrounding landscapes.
The goals of Clean Water Action include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work by organizing grassroots coalitions campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.
Partnership for Delaware Estuary, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to take a leadership role in protecting and enhancing the Delaware Estuary, where fresh water from the Delaware River mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean. One of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs throughout the coastal United States working to improve the environmental health of the nation’s estuaries,its staff works with partners in three states to increase awareness, understanding, and scientific knowledge about the Delaware Estuary, the region’s most important cultural, economic, and recreational resource.
PennFuture works to create a just future where nature, communities, and the economy thrive by enforcing environmental laws and advocating for the transformation of public policy, opinion, and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment, safeguard public health, and reduce the consequences of climate change within Pennsylvania and beyond.
Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) protects and restores Schuylkill Waters through partnerships with organizations, businesses and governments.
Friends groups in the TTF
Friends of High School Park (FOHSP): Since 1995, this community organization has restored and managed 11 acres in Elkins Park where Cheltenham High School once stood. TTF recognized the FOHSP in 2014 with a Friend of the Watershed Award.
Friends of Vernon Park (FOVP): A volunteer organization comprised of residents that give their time, talent and efforts to assist with site maintenance and fundraising activities that benefit Vernon Park. Since 2011, FOVP has been a partner with TTF in designing, building, and maintaining a rain garden in Vernon Park. In 2012, TTF recognized Ruth Seeley and Sue Finch, Friends of Vernon Park leaders with a Friend of the Watershed Award.
Environmental Advisory Councils (EACs)
The Abington Environmental Advisory Council identifies environmental problems; recommends plans and programs for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment; makes recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas; promotes a community environmental program; keeps an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas; advises in the acquisition of property, both real and personal; and undertake environmental tasks as requested by the governing body. In 2013, TTF recognized the EAC with a Friend of the Watershed Award.
The Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council protects, conserves, and manages the use of natural resources like air, water and land in the Township in a sustainable way. The EAC was charged with monitoring the Township’s progress with the Sustainability Plan adopted in 2013. The EAC is organized into four committees and partners with many like-minded individuals and groups. Committees include: Energy and Emissions, Water and Ecology, School Liaison, and Communication and Engagement.