Dear Watershed Partners,

We'd like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for our first annual awards event on May 31 at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center! We received some truly impressive submissions and will be announcing the winners in our next newsletter. We are so thankful for the wonderful work of these watershed stewards. Come join us to celebrate their achievements, and enjoy networking, refreshments, and a silent auction! You can purchase tickets online here. If you are interested in sponsoring our Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception, please call or email me at 215-844-8100 or [email protected].

Did you miss TTF at the Flower Show last month? Read about it on our blog! Also, don't miss the coverage of our successful tree surveying event in this article from NewsWorks. Finally, we'd like to remind you to check out all of the great stormwater management programs happening in our area! Feel free to contact us for more information.

Hope to see you at a TTF event soon!
Julie Slavet, Executive Director
SUPPORT TTF AT JENKINTOWN WHOLE FOODS ON APRIL 18! 


Shop at the Jenkintown Whole Foods (1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA 19046) on Wednesday, April 18 and TTF will receive 5% of all proceeds for the day! Several times a year, Whole Foods stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit organization.

Join TTF every hour on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a 15-minute talk on a watershed improvement topic:

10:00: WateWhole Foods Logorshed Basics
11:00: Rain Barrels
12:00: Options for Managing Stormwater at Your Home
1:00: Native Plants & Clean Water
2:00: Rain Gardens for Your Home & Community
3:00: Native Plants & Clean Water
4:00: Rain Gardens for Your Home & Community
5:00: Options for Managing Stormwater at Your Home
6:00: Rain Barrels
7:00: Watershed Basics

DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We hope to see you there!
JOIN TTF AT APRIL'S SCHUYLKILL SOUNDINGS! 


Celebrate Watershed Milestones with the TTF Watershed Partnership at April's Schuylkill Soundings at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center!

Join us on April 19 as Joanne Dahme, General Manager, Public Affairs at the Philadelphia Water Department and Vice President of TTF's Board of Directors; Julie Slavet, TTF's Executive Director; and Ashley Schmid, TTF's Director of Education and Outreach, share the partnership's goals and achievements. In this presentation, we will discuss the organization's history, recent accomplishments, current projects, and ways that you can get involved!

DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2012
TIME: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm  
PLACE: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia PA  19130
SUPPORT TTF THROUGH AWBURY LANDSCAPE SERVICES  


ALSCare for your landscape needs with Awbury Landscape Services (ALS) and support TTF!  When you contract with ALS for landscaping services, they will donate 5% of the cost of the job to TTF. Awbury Landscape Services works in partnership with Awbury Arboretum to help connect the urban community with nature and history. Their clientele consists of prominent Philadelphia locations and historic sites such as the Franklin Institute, Fair Hill Burial Ground, Upsala and more. They also provide design, installation, and maintenance for private home owners. Services include:
  • Lawn and Bed Maintenance
  • Leaf Removal
  • Plantings and Installations
  • Arborist Services - Tree work, pruning, removals
Contact them today at 215-849-2855 and tell them TTF sent you!
TTF TOURS WATERSHED PROJECTS AT ST. BASIL'S 




St. Basil's Tour
TTF staff, Whole Foods Green Team, and Abington EAC members learned about planned best management practices from hosts at St. Basil's.
Susan Harris of the Montgomery County Conservation District and TTF Board
member led a tour of an exciting upcoming watershed project at the Sisters of Saint Basil's facility. Located on 130 acres in Abington Township, the site's topography creates a watershed divide with a portion of the site draining to the Pennypack Creek and the remainder to the Jenkintown Creek. The Jenkintown Creek is a headwater stream in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed. The site contains many sensitive environmental features including forested wetlands, spring-fed marshes, a wet meadow, and numerous drainage features. PA Growing Greener funding has been awarded for implementation of Best Management Practices, including vegetated swales to convey surface runoff, a riparian buffer, fencing to restrict horse access and stabilization and understory trees. We are looking forward to sharing with you how this project progresses!
BECOME A PHS TREE TENDER! 


PHS logoThe Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Tree Tenders´┐Ż program offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. The training will cover tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. The fee is $25 and pre-registration is required. Register at www.phsonline.org


Given the intensity of the training and the evening hours, the course is not appropriate for children under 16.

 
2012 Trainings:
 

Montgomery County
Tuesdays, April 10, 17, & 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA

 

Philadelphia
Spring: Thursdays, May 3, May 10, & May 17 at 5:45 pm

Fall: Wednesdays, October 3, October 10, & October 17 at 5:45 pm

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA   

 

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE LOWER NORTHEAST! 


Philadelphia 2035Are you interested in shaping the future of Frankford, Northwood, Oxford Circle, Summerdale and Lawncrest? Join the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for their first community meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Friends Hospital (4641 Roosevelt Boulevard). At this meeting, you'll learn about the Lower Northeast District Plan, work with Planning Commission staff and your neighbors in small groups, and help shape future development and public investment in your community. The Lower Northeast District Plan is part of Philadelphia2035, the City of Philadelphia's comprehensive plan. All residents, business owners and property owners are invited! For more information, please contact Ian Litwin at i[email protected]v or 215-683-4609.
GROW A CONTAINER GARDEN THIS SPRING! 


container garden
TTF's Ashley Schmid plants a container garden.
Want to grow a garden but don't have a yard? Want to improve the health of your watershed? Try planting a container garden this spring! These gardens reduce impervious cover by retaining stormwater runoff rather than allowing it to directly drain into nearby sewers.

Here are some steps to get you started:

1) Determine how much space you have available. Even the smallest balcony or stoop can be used to grow vegetables or flowers in containers!

2) Select the types of plants you want to grow. Here are some recommended vegetables and flowers. Be sure to take into account the amount of sunlight and shade in your outdoor space.

3) Select your containers accordingly. Here is  a chart outlining the pros and cons of different container types. The size and number of plants to be grown will determine the size of the container used. In general, you'll want to use larger containers when possible. Small pots restrict the root area and dry out very quickly. Deep rooted vegetables require deep pots.

4) Make sure you have adequate drainage. Holes should be 1/2 inch across. You can line the base of your containers with newspaper to prevent soil loss. You may also wish to set containers on bricks or blocks to allow free drainage.

5) Choose your garden soil mixture.

6) Remember to water your container garden frequently, as plants in containers need more water than plants in the ground.

7) Get outside and enjoy your new garden! Send us a photo and we'll include it in a future issue of The Source!


APRIL EVENTS 

 

April 9: Rain Barrel Workshop
Rain barrels are storage containers that collect rainwater from downspouts. The water can be used for purposes such as gardening, washing down patio furniture, and lawn watering. The Energy Coordinating Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department are providing FREE rain barrels to Philadelphia residents. Come to the True Light Church at 6400 Ardleigh Street  Philadelphia, PA 19119 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on April 9 to learn about rain barrels and to sign up to receive a free rain barrel, which will be delivered and installed at your home.
DATE: Monday, April 9, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
LOCATION: True Light Church, 6400 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119
CONTACT: Ashley Schmid at 215.844.8100 or [email protected]
 

April 12: Watershed Stewardship Lecture and Discussion for Educators   

Join us to hear about current issues and projects in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed and to network with other educators who are integrating watershed issues and stewardship into their curricula. Enjoy a presentation on watersheds by Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and a roundtable discussion with educators. This event is funded through a PA DEP grant focused on improving access to watershed education for schools in the TTF Watershed.
DATE: Thursday, April 12, 2012
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: Francis Cope House, Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138
CONTACT: Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 11, to Dan Brown at [email protected]  

April 12: Rain Barrel Workshop

Rain barrels are storage containers that collect rainwater from downspouts. The water can be used for purposes such as gardening, washing down patio furniture, and lawn watering. The Energy Coordinating Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department are providing FREE rain barrels to Philadelphia residents. Come to the Center in the Park from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 12 to learn about rain barrels and to sign up to receive a free rain barrel, which will be delivered and installed at your home.

DATE: Thursday, April 12, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Auditorium at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. (Parking is available at 36 W. Rittenhouse St.)
CONTACT: Ashley Schmid at 215.844.8100 or [email protected]

 

April 14: Philly Spring Cleanup!
As part of Philadelphia's sustained effort to eliminate and prevent litter and illegal dumping, Mayor Nutter will host the 5th annual citywide spring cleanup. Through ongoing education, enforcement, intense cleaning and beautification, we are committed to making our City and our neighborhoods clean. TTF will participate by cleaning up trash and litter near Tacony Creek Park on Bingham Street between Roosevelt Blvd and Whitaker Ave. Please help us pick up trash and learn about the importance of native meadows to watershed health!
DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Meet at Bingham Street and Ruscomb Street, Philadelphia PA 19120
CONTACT: Ashley Schmid at [email protected] or 215-514-3952

 

April 18: TTF 5% Day at Jenkintown Whole Foods
Shop at the Jenkintown Whole Foods all day and TTF will receive 5% of all proceeds for the day! Join TTF every hour on the hour, from 10:00 - 7:00, for a 15-minute talk on a watershed improvement topic!
DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Jenkintown Whole Foods, 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA 19046
CONTACT: Julie Slavet at [email protected] or 215-844-8100

 

April 19: TTF Presents at Schuylkill Soundings
In this presentation, TTF Board members and staff will discuss the organization's history, recent accomplishments, current projects, and ways that you can get involved!
DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2012
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia PA 19130   

CONTACT: For reservations and/or information, please call 215-685-0723 

 

April 21: Street Tree Planting in Germantown
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Join the Wingohocking Tree Tenders as we support this effort and plant additional trees along the streets of Germantown. We need volunteers of all ages and abilities to plant trees, talk to homeowners, take pictures, and sign in other volunteers.
DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2012
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PLACE: Meet at Reverend Williams' house at 6211 Chew Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138
CONTACT: Steph Clymer at [email protected] or 215-844-8100

 

April 21: Cheltenham Township's Earth Day Projects 2012
Neighborhood, club and community groups are celebrating our Earth by hosting projects at various locations throughout the Township. Everyone is invited to join a group; no registration is needed. To see a complete list of activities, visit the Cheltenham Township website. 

DATE: Saturday, April 21 (unless otherwise noted)

TIMES: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PLACE: Various locations throughout the Township.
CONTACT: Barb Duffy at 215-885-1506 

 

April 22: Street Tree Planting in Germantown   

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Join the Germantown Tree Tenders as we support this effort and plant additional trees along the streets of Germantown. We need volunteers of all ages and abilities to plant trees, talk to homeowners, take pictures, and sign in other volunteers.   

DATE: Sunday, April 22, 2012
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PLACE: Meet at the intersection of Queen Ln and Knox St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
CONTACT: Julie Baranauskas at [email protected] or 215-833-3483 

 

April 28: Cheltenham Township Earth Day Festival 2012  

Join community organizations and local students for a day filled with fun activities! 

DATE: Saturday, April 28  

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Cedarbrook Middle School, 300 Longfellow Ave, Wyncote, PA 19095 

CONTACT: For more information, visit the Cheltenham Township website.   

 

View more upcoming events on our Events Calendar

TTF's mission is to enhance the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and its watershed. We initiate and support efforts to restore the health of the watershed, and to mobilize our communities as watershed stewards through community outreach, networking, educational programs, and projects.

 

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
phone: 215-844-8100  email: [email protected]  web: www.ttfwatershed.org

  

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