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Dear Watershed Partners,

I invite you to check out our beautiful new website at! We are so proud of our new look, which we think reflects our effective educational programs and restoration efforts in a user-friendly, informational, fun and attractive way. We are always looking for feedback, so let us know what you like about our website and what we could do to better engage and inform you.

shovel Have you noticed our recent activity on Twitter and Facebook? Follow us in both places to keep up with our many activities. Don't be the last to know what TTF is doing! Also, don't forget to order your fall supplies and support our work by ordering through our Amazon link!

As you know, what happens upstream is critical to improving our watershed downstream. Philadelphia is working hard to improve its portion of our watershed through the Green City, Clean Waters plan, and Cheltenham Township has undertaken many watershed improvement steps as well. Now, we are so excited to be working at one of the headwaters in Abington with a great new partner, the Abington School District, on a Riparian Buffer Project on their campus. I hope you can join us at our Planting Day on October 13, even if it's just to stop by to see this exciting project and our partners in action!

Warm regards,
Julie Slavet
Julie Slavet, Executive Director 
Riparian Area
A Healthy Riparian Area 

On October 13, TTF, along with the Abington School District, partners, and volunteers will plant 16,000 square foot buffer along Baeder Creek. The creek's eastern branch, one of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek's main headwater tributaries, begins on the campus of Abington Junior High School. We will plant over 300 native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers as part of this project.


A riparian buffer is a vegetated area that shades and protects a stream from the impact of nearby land uses, playing a key role in improving water quality in both streams and rivers. This project will improve water quality in Baeder Creek, reduce runoff and pollutants, reduce flooding downstream, improve habitat for wildlife and beautify our watershed. Learn more about riparian buffers here


The Baeder Creek Riparian Buffer Project is a partnership with TTF, the Abington School District, the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), and NAM Planning & Design, LLC. This project is made possible through a TreeVitalize grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Aqua Pennsylvania and an anonymous funder.


Want to learn more about this project? Come to a community meeting TONIGHT! See below and on our Events Calendar for community meeting and planting day information.  


All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are not only a major safety hazard -- they also severely damage our parks and creekside areas. TTF has witnessed this first hand, and we are concerned about the damaging impact of ATVs on Tacony Creek Park. On October 3, Philadelphia City Council will be holding hearings on ATVs and proposed legislation to confiscate and not allow them back onto our streets.  


DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

PLACE: Philadelphia City Hall, Council Chambers, 4th Floor   


Representatives from Cobbs Creek will be testifying, along with other city residents who are concerned about the impact of ATVs on the quality of neighborhood life, especially on our parks and recreation fields.

Please consider coming to these hearings, and bring friends and neighbors with you! It is important for council to see that there is strong support for taking action to control the impact of ATVs on our communities. 


If you would like to testify, please contact:

Kathy Gilmore
Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
City Hall, Room 581
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3438 


Philadelphia 2035 TTF proudly supports the Philadelphia 2035 plan for the Lower Northeast District. The plan's "Renew" theme is especially important to us because of its impact on the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek. This theme aims to renew Philadelphia's Lower Northeast by increasing access to the creek and preserving environmental, cultural, historical and architectural assets. 


In particular, TTF supports historic preservation and storm water management at Fisher's Lane Bridge and the creation of a greenway along both sides of the Frankford Creek from Castor Avenue to Torresdale Avenue. The plan also includes the installation of a recreational trail, riparian buffer, and stormwater management features.


Learn more here!

Yertle the Red-Eared Slider
Last month, we asked you to identify this turtle, found by one of our young naturalists-in-training during a visit to Tacony Creek Park with a group from PPR's McVeigh Recreation Center summer camp. Congrats to our winners who correctly identified it as a red-eared slider:
  • Mark Fallon
  • Corrie Gottesman
  • Megan Trasport
  • Deirdre Weisman
Special thanks to William Kenney, who provided a name: Yertle the Turtle! Our contest winners received Earthlust water bottles.

Let us know what you see next time you visit the creek in your neighborhood!
Joan S. Blaustein serves as the Director of the Urban Forestry
Joan Blaustein
and Ecosystem Management Division for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation (PPR). Responsible for 13 percent of the city's land, comprising over 300 parks and recreation facilities which range from neighborhood playgrounds to vast natural areas, PPR manages one of the largest urban park systems in the country.

The Division is responsible for maintaining and restoring the Department's 5,400 acres of forests, streams, lakes, meadows and wetlands; managing the public tree canopy, including street trees; conducting resource management assessments and analysis; and advancing the city's urban agriculture efforts. Joan is a native of Pittsburgh, where she developed a diverse portfolio of environmental experience, including program development, project implementation, strategic planning, and public process. 

Joan oversees PPR's TreePhilly initiative, whose goal is to plant more trees and increase tree canopy to 30% in Philadelphia. TTF is proud to work in partnership with TreePhilly through tree surveying events in our watershed neighborhoods of West Oak Lane and Germantown. (Learn more about TTF's work with trees here.)
Leaves Fall is here and you're thinking your gardening days are over, right? Wrong! Put your gardening gloves back on -- it's fall planting time!

Why is fall a great time to plant?
  • Unlike in the spring, when freshly transplanted roots could be shocked by the sudden stress of a growing season and drought, fall gives these new transplants warm, aerated soil which helps new roots settle, acclimate to a new environment, and grow. 
  • Fall's steady rainfall helps those roots grow even more.
  • The brisk weather means fewer pest and disease problems.  
  • Plant sales! This time of year, nurseries are slashing the price of plants. 
We encourage you to choose native plants, because they can help manage stormwater!
For information and links to native plant information, visit here

Please note: Outdoor events are canceled in the case of heavy rain. Please check the TTF Events calendar for updated information. 


October 1: Abington Riparian Buffer Community Meeting 

Attend this meeting to learn about the Riparian Buffer TTF is creating along the East Baeder Creek on the Abington School District Campus behind Abington Junior High School. This project will remove invasive trees, shrubs, and vines and replace them with native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees. This meeting is hosted by the Abington School District for interested residents. Representatives from local environmental organizations will be there to provide information on their programs. 

DATE: Monday, October 1, 2012 

TIME: 7:00 p.m. 

PLACE: Abington School District, Administration Building, 970 Highland Ave, Abington, PA 19001 

CONTACT: Alix Howard at [email protected] 


October 13: Abington Riparian Buffer Planting Day
Join us to plant wildflowers, shrubs and trees as we create a riparian buffer. The workday will focus on the critical headwaters of the creek, located on the main campus of the Abington School District, adjacent to Tyler Road near Abington Junior High School.
DATE: Saturday, October 13, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in two-hour shifts: 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00) 
PLACE: Abington School District Main Campus, next to Abington Junior High school near Tyler Road in Abington, 19001
CONTACT: Alix Howard at [email protected]

Partner Events


October 4: Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Launch Party

Join the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), Community Design Collaborative and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as they launch Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug and Region III EPA Administrator Shawn Garvin will formally announce the initiative, celebrate the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! exhibition and launch the national design competition. This design initiative explores how green stormwater infrastructure -- rain gardens, green roofs, and other tools that "soak up" stormwater runoff -- can play an important role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods, especially in older American cities. Toast an exhibition of over 40 precedent projects designed to soak up stormwater and make cities more attractive, healthy, and engaging places to live.

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2012

TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PLACE: Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

CONTACT: Please RSVP here. Find more information here.


October 24: Montgomery County Stormwater and Sustainable Open Space BMPs Bus Tour

Interested in learning how to manage your land in a more healthy and environmentally-friendly way? Join this bus tour highlighting six sites throughout Montgomery County that showcase a variety of sustainable management techniques.This tour, organized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and Montgomery County Conservation District, will begin at the Montgomery County 4-H Center in Collegeville. Participants will board a charter bus and travel to Black Rock Sanctuary, Ursinus College, Mayfield Estates, Colorcon, Shelly Square Shopping Center, and Cuddy Park. Professional development credits are available.   

DATE: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLACE: Starts at Montgomery County 4H Center, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA


COST: $35. Includes a delightful day tour, traveling with interested folks, a continental breakfast and buffet lunch, and supporting materials.

CONTACT: To register for this event, please go to  by October 15. Questions? Call Julianne at 610-489-4315. 


October 27: Springfield Township Electronics Recycling

This program is a community service for residents of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia counties ONLY and is NOT open to businesses, institutions and industry. All collection events will accept ELECTRONICS ONLY. For a list of acceptable items, please visit the website below.

DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2012 

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PLACE: Springfield Township High School 1801 E. Paper Mill Rd. Erdenheim, PA 19038 

CONTACT: For more information, please visit,a,3,q,74257.asp 


October and November: TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway
Get up to TWO FREE TREES for your yard through the TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway! Pre-register for your trees at by October 19, then come pick up your tree at the Yard Tree Giveaway event, where you will learn how to properly plant and care for your new tree. You must own property in Philadelphia and plant the trees in the ground in your private yard space, not in the sidewalk outside of your property. If you
don't pre-register, you can still get a tree by attending one of the giveaways as a walk-in. Walk-ins will be accepted in the second hour of the event, only at the giveaway event assigned to your zip code. For more information, contact Erica Smith Fichman at [email protected].


Sunday, October 28, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane, Philadelphia, 19138)
Zip codes: 19138, 19150, 19119, and 19128

Saturday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Second Baptist Church of Frankford (1801 Meadow St., Philadelphia, 19124)
Zip codes: 19124, 19137, 19120, 19141, 19126, 19149, 19135


Saturday, November 3, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, 19140)
Zip codes: 19140, 19131, 19121, 19132, 19129, 19127, 19118 and 19144


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:




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