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Happy New Year!
My mother always told me how important it is to say thank you, so -- I'm going to start off 2013 by thanking our Board, volunteers, partners, funders and staff for everything you all do to enable us to do the hard work of improving the health of our watershed.

In November, we kicked off our first Annual Fund Drive. I assure you that we will continue to ask for your support because we have to...and we know how much you care about TTF! For now I'd like to thank these donors for making our effort a success:

AKRF Inc                               Virginia McGuire                            Sheldon and Betsy Wolf
Aliyah Bonaparte                     Linda Stern and Amy Steffen           Stephen and Deborah McCarter
James Butt                             Murray and Lorna Rosenberg           Weeds Inc.
Campbell Thomas & Company   Anthony and Kathleen Naccarato      Jaime and Luz Loyola
Robin Eisman                         Tobey and Kimberly Oxholm            Kim Tieger
Friends of High School Park      Patrick Starr                                  Gerald Kaufman 
Bonita Hay                             Robert Dromboski and Laura Frank    Jason and Caitlin Stevens 
Barbara Hughes                       Stephanie Kleban                           Phyllis Stickney       
Alix Ready To Wrap!
TTF's Alix Ready To Wrap!
TTF staff and volunteers also wrapped gifts, collected donations, and promoted our watershed work at REI Conshohocken on four different shopping days in November and December. 

Special thanks to the many enthusiastic environmentalists who made contributions and especially to REI Outreach Coordinator Charles Stuart Kline, who reached out to TTF to set up this opportunity. We share the REI mission to..."inspire, educate (although not to outfit!) for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship."

We have an amazing year ahead of us - watch your Inbox for an upcoming survey and news about our exciting initiatives!     
Warm regards,
Julie Slavet
Julie Slavet, Executive Director 
Aine Doley

TTF supports tree planting efforts because trees improve the health of our watershed. In 2010, TTF started the Wingohocking Tree Tenders, which we then merged into the Germantown Tree Tenders (GTT). As part of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders@ program, this group has grown, attracting new energy and enthusiasm.  


We are delighted to announce that Aine Doley, block captain of Germantown's West Rockland Street, is GTT's new leader. She will bring her strong skills and expertise as a marketing professional and block captain to her new leadership role. We expect to her to green Germantown in no time!    


If you want to become involved in GTT or are interested in applying for a street tree, email Aine at [email protected]

We all have our favorite go-to online resources. Here are a few of TTF's favorite content rich sites: 
  1. We Hate To Waste: A new blog that proclaims, "We're your mother and uncles and sisters and friends, we're passionate about ridding the world of waste. Maybe we can inspire you to fix, mend, share and refill, too." This site offers helpful tips and tricks for being smarter about your waste. 
  2. Green Philly Blog: The women who run Green Philly Blog keep you informed about the City of Brotherly Love's environmental scene. Posts like "Philly's 6 Best Green (& Sustainable) Initiatives of 2012" keep you in the know about exciting citywide projects.  
  3. Sustainablog: From business to living, this blog touches on every aspect of sustainability. This is the blog for getting news from all around the world. 
How do you stay informed about your neighborhood? Water? Green issues? We want to know! Send your web suggestions to Brynn at [email protected].
Sarah Wu
Sarah Wu
Sarah Wu is the Policy and Outreach Manager in the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Sarah helped implement Opportunity NYC, an incentive program working to improve the health, employment, and education of New Yorkers in poverty. Sarah also served on New York University's Sustainability Task Force to help the University make green choices in its long-term planning and facilities management.

Before moving to New York, Sarah researched national environmental policies at a non-partisan organization in Washington, DC. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.


The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have created the

Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) to offer incentives and assistance to non-residential PWD customers. 


This program aims to stimulate investment in and utilization of stormwater best management practices, which reduce a parcel's stormwater contribution to the City's sewer and surrounding waterways. The grant will provide financial assistance to businesses, institutions and other non-residential property owners customers to reduce their stormwater charges by designing and constructing green infrastructure projects to manage private property runoff.


The SMIP Grant application period opened on December 3rd, 2012 and closes February 1st, 2013. 


The Philadelphia Water Department invites you to attend one of their monthly meetings Green City, Clean Waters to learn more about how Green City, Clean Waters is transforming Philadelphia's neighborhoods by managing stormwater in parks, schools, streets, homes and businesses.


On the second Wednesday of every month, you can learn about Green City, Clean Waters and how you can be involved in potential projects. This is a great opportunity to get updates, provide feedback on projects in your neighborhood and meet others interested in transforming the City with green stormwater projects. Learn about:

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Boulevard) on the 16th floor in Room Y. These regular monthly meetings are open to the public. Please let PWD know if you plan to attend to ensure that they have details on projects in your community. RSVP online: by the third Tuesday of every month. 


In December, the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC), Fund for the Water Works Board and FWWIC Advisory Council welcomed journalist and author, Alex Prud'homme, to speak about his book The Ripple Effect


Prud'homme described the journey that led him to writeThe Ripple Effect. He talked about our need to take another look at our relationship with water after passing and implementing the Clean Water Act forty years ago. Water underlies every resource discussion. His book walks us through answers to questions including: What are we drinking? Why are we facing droughts...and flooding? And most critically, How are we going to use water in the future? We have the tools, we just need the will to solve these problems.


Kudos to the FWWIC for hosting this valuable presentation! Check out the book (which you can buy through TTF's Amazon account) and the movie it inspired--  Last Call at the Oasis.


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


Join TTF for a MLK Day of Service cleanup at Tacony Creek Park. Cleanup materials and snacks will be provided. FREE t-shirts to the first 50 volunteers to sign up. Sign up at the official Martin Luther King Day of Service site by searching TTF's zip code 19138 for TTF's service project. 


DATE: Monday, January 21

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

PLACE: Tacony Creek Park at Friends Hospital,4641 Roosevelt Blvd., Phila. 19124

CONTACT: Alix Howard at [email protected] / 215.844.8100


Partner Events 



Join the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to celebrate what we've already accomplished together. Look ahead toward achieving the goals of Philadelphia2035. Hear a quick update about progress. Engage in a lively panel discussion moderated by PennDesign Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor. Reception follows (food, drink, and a fun give-away). Limited seating. Register early.  


DATE: Thursday, January 10

TIME: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

PLACE: The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

CONTACT: Eventbrite 



Whole Foods Market is partnering with E-Force Compliance, a Philadelphia area recycling company with a mission, to recycle hard to recycle materials. E-Force Compliance will be collecting "anything with a plug" to help keep electronic waste out of our landfills.


DATE: Saturday, February 2

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Jenkintown Whole Foods, 1575 The Fairway, JenkintownPA 19046 

CONTACT: Whole Foods, 215-481-0800 or 


PHS/Penn State Extension Tree Tender Online Short Course 

Become a PHS Tree Tender Online! A 7-week short course delivered online, meeting on Thursdays beginning January 31 and ending March 14, 2013. Deadline for sign-up is January 25, 2013. For more information, visit here


DATE: January 31 to March 14

TIME: Two seminar times are provided for convenience - noon and 7:00 PM.

CONTACT: [email protected]     

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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