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Dear Watershed Partners, 

TTF had an amazing 2012, thanks to volunteers, supporters, partners and friends like you! From critical advocacy to creekside projects, we have made a difference in our watershed. (See our Annual Report.)

Buffer Win in Philadelphia!
Last week, Philadelphia City Council passed Bill 120654 enacting a citywide 50-foot buffer for new construction on all rivers and streams in our city. Part of a diverse coalition led by PennFuture, TTF was actively involved in this effort to protect our waterways with allies across the region.

Buffers protect water quality, filter toxins, prevent flooding, and allow for recreational use along our streams and rivers. Visit here to access our statements on this issue and learn  more. Philadelphia's rivers and streams are safe from development and our waterfront will be cleaner and more vibrant because of our advocacy for this legislation as well as our on- the-ground buffer creation projects. 

Support TTF today... 

I know that you believe in our work to improve the health of our watershed -- please demonstrate your support by making a donation to TTF before the end of 2012. Become a Friend with a donation of $35 -- if you have the resources, dig deeper and give at the Restorer level of $100 or even higher. Your dollars will have a direct impact on our work along the creeks and streets of our watershed!


Books are the best Holiday Gifts! You can buy almost anything through Amazon -- support TTF at the same time by ordering here. Check out these suggestions from staff and friends:

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Recommended by Peggy Hoffart, Registered Architect, LEED AP
My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
My recommendation
How Many People Can the Earth Support? by Joel Cohen
Recommended by TTF's Alix Howard
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Recommended by TTF's Abby Grosslein


See you at one of our events this month or next year! Warm regards,
Julie Slavet 
Julie Slavet, Executive Director 


On November 17, a squad of volunteers joined TTF at Tacony

Volunteers clean up in Tacony Creek Park

Creek Park (TCP) at Friends Hospital for a

LOVE Your Park Day Cleanup. LOVE Your Park is a partnership among the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). 


Volunteers collected trash and recyclables along the trails and the creekbed and banks. The GreenTreks Network film crew joined us to interview TTF staff and volunteers about the community impact of PPR and PWD's trail and stream restoration workClean waterways and parks encourage positive park use and keep our waterways clean.  


TTF is working to bring you into Tacony Creek Park! Join us on our upcoming Bird walk and contact us to learn more about our TCP efforts from rain gardens to races!     

To learn about more watershed challenges, visit here.

Dottie Baumgarten speaks at Clean Water Partners

Cheltenham Township and TTF met with local businesses last month to provide information about our region's stormwater efforts and how businesses can use simple management practices to reduce excessive water runoff and the pollution it carries. 


Dottie Baumgarten of Sustainable Choices presented this informative, hands-on seminar at Curtis Hall. Participants were awarded a Clean Water Partner decal to let customers know that these businesses care about water issues in our community.


This program is a collaboration among TTF, Cheltenham Township, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Sustainable Choices and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 


Would you like to host this FREE seminar for your partners or employees? Contact Molly Finch at or 215-844-8100. 


On a cloudy Saturday in November, TTF and Germantown Tree Tenders welcomed 15 volunteers for our second tree planting of the year. We planted eight trees in East Germantown and East Mount Airy, bringing our 2012 total to 20 trees!


Volunteers get to know their tree before planting.

Thank you to our partner, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as well as to

our amazing volunteers - Central High School (CHS) students Aliyah Patterson and Momana Jahan. This tree planting was Aliyah Patterson's fourth volunteer day with TTF! We look forward to working with even more CHS students.


Special thanks to Bryner Chevrolet for lending us a truck - transporting trees and supplies was much easier because of these wheels! We'd also like to thank Weavers Way Community Programs for awarding us a grant for much needed tools.


Congrats and thanks to Vanessa Price, Block Captain of East Mayland Street, who recently graduated from PHS Tree Tenders®. She and her granddaughter, cousin, and Junior Block Captains planted two trees.


TTF plants trees because they absorb and filter stormwater, resulting in healthier creeks.  For a lot more reasons to plant trees, visit our tree page here. In 2010, TTF founded the Germantown Tree Tenders (GTT), with the goal of galvinizing a community-driven tree tenders group. To become part of the GTT, contact Aine Doley at You can also attend our upcoming Branch Out program to learn more. For more pictures of the fall planting, visit our Flickr page. 



The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) wants to partner with community stakeholders across the city to develop green stormwater management projects as part of the Green City, Clean Waters program.


Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) refers to a range of tools such as rain gardens, stormwater tree trenches, stormwater planters and pervious pavement that capture and filter stormwater and allow it to slowly infiltrate into the soil, reducing the amount of runoff and sewer

Green City, Clean Waters

overflows that pollute our waterways.


PWD is accepting community input on potential green stormwater infrastructure projects at schools, recreation centers, parks, public spaces and parking lots. PWD will also review neighborhood-wide submissions of GSI opportunities. You can learn about the community input process and submit a project suggestion at the link below. Submission does not guarantee that a project will be selected.


For information, visit the Community Input for Green Stormwater Infrastructure page here.


Kelly O'Day joined the TTF Board in June 2012. A retired water resource engineer with over 45 years of experience in all phases of water supply, wastewater, and water


quality planning, he received his BS in sanitary engineering in 1967 and his MS in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University in 1972. He has been a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania since 1972. 


Kelly worked as a consulting engineer in the Philadelphia area for 20 years and directed the five-county Southeastern PA water quality management planning effort for the Department of Environmental Protection in the 1970s. He also worked on the Boston Harbor cleanup project and was director of Water Operations for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, where he was responsible for all phases of water supply for the metropolitan Boston area. Kelly and his wife Paula returned to Philadelphia in 2007.


Kelly is spearheading a TTF effort among key stakeholders to develop a strategic program for monitoring, cleaning, preventing, and communicating about trash in Tacony Creek Park.  


Congratulations to the Department of Parks and Recreation for receiving a mid-year increase in 2013's fiscal year operating budget. 


City Council unanimously approved a much needed operating budget increase of $2.675 million. This is a major step in facing decades of underfunding and maintenance deferment. This feat could not have been accomplished without the support of Mayor Nutter, members of City Council and the community. 

TTF had fun and raised funds on November 27, when friends shopped, nibbled and sipped for a good cause at The Dovetail Artisans at 105.E. Glenside Avenue in Glenside. 

The Dovetail Artisans kindly donated 15% of sales to TTF. Thank you to Dovetail owner Elayne Aion and TTF best friend Dottie Baumgarten, who inspired this event. Stop by Dovetail and thank them on behalf of TTF!


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


Birding in Tacony Creek Park: Get Ready for the Annual Christmas Bird Count

Join us on a walk through Tacony Creek Park to look for birds wintering in Philadelphia. This FREE walk is open to all -- you just need an interest in learning about birds and warm clothing. Expect some good bird spotting (woodpeckers, chickadees, hawks, oh my!) while enjoying lovely undiscovered Tacony Creek Park. This event is a "warm up" for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the annual international bird census conducted by the Audubon Society. Donuts, hot cocoa, and binoculars will be provided.


DATE: Saturday, December 8 

TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

PLACE: Tacony Creek Park, located behind Friends Hospital (4641 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, 19124)

CONTACT: Molly Finch at 


Branch Out: An Introduction to PHS Tree Tenders® 

Join us to learn about the benefits of trees for your community and how you can become involved in greening efforts! This free program is a special collaboration among the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), and the Awbury Arboretum Association. A light dinner will be provided.


DATE: Wednesday, December 12

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

PLACE: Awbury Arboretum,One Awbury Road Philadelphia, PA 19138

CONTACT:  Abby Grosslein at 215.844.8100/ 


Gift Wrapping at REI 

Stop by the Conshohocken REI, get your holiday shopping done and have your gifts wrapped by TTF staff! 


DATES: Tuesday, December 4  TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

           Saturday, December 8   TIME: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
           Thursday, December 20 TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PLACE: 200 West Ridge Pike #115  Conshohocken, PA 19428
Partner Events
The Ripple Effect at Fairmount Water Works
Join environmental journalist and author Alex Prud'homme at the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center as he shares his easy rules for keeping our planet's
water clean and healthy! The evening will also include a showing of the documentary which Alex Prud'homme's book inspired, Last Call at the Oasis.

DATE: Wednesday, December 5
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Drive
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19130

CONTACT: Register at Eventbrite 

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:  web:




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