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Dear Friends:

To our Milestones Award winners, sponsors, attendees, silent auction and refreshment donors, and volunteers -- thank you! What an inspiring, fun celebration of our shared watershed accomplishments.                       
 
Please check out our blog complete with photos here. Be sure to join us in thanking our sponsors and donors.               
 
We have a busy summer in the works, so be sure to stay in touch!  

Julie  

Julie Slavet, Executive Director 
 
P.S. Because of the progressive stormwater management happening in Philadelphia and our watershed, I've been asked to speak at the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Urban Waters Series: Strategies That Work, an insightful workshop showcasing innovative and affordable stormwater management practices in cities throughout the country. I can't wait to share our great work on June 5 in New Orleans....
ON THE MOVE!
TTF Globe Dye Works
We've moved to the Globe Dye Works, located at 4500 Worth Street in Frankford!

This exciting new home brings us closer to Tacony Creek Park and the creek, the focus of many of our efforts. Our new office provides space for meetings and public events, within a vibrant community of artists, artisans, and fabricators.   

Globe Dye Works has a historical connection to little Tacony Creek. Learn about this and the current Hidden City Festival project happening right here at https://festival.hiddencityphila.org/sites/3
 
We are still surrounded by a mountain of boxes, so please be patient...we'd love for you to visit, so stay tuned for a fall Open House invite! 

 

4500 Worth Street
Philadelphia PA 19124
WE'RE THE EMCCC NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR! 
EMCCC Nonprofit of the Award TTF Watershed Partnership

TTF was named Non-Profit of the Year by the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Business & Community Awards Dinner held at Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club on May 16.

 

Special thanks to our award sponsor, Situs Properties and to the friends who nominated us for this special award: Briar Bush Nature CenterCheltenham TownshipFelice Croul Associates, and Situs Properties.

 

We were especially proud to be recognized along with two of our program partners - the Abington School District, which received the Environmental Initiative Award and Lindy Communities, named Business of the Year. For more information, visit EMCCC's award information here.

LOOKING FOR AN INTERNSHIP? 
Ariel

Intern with TTF! We offer year-round educational  internshipcopportunities. We accept graduate, college or exceptional high school students with:

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in our mission to improve the health of our urban watershed. 

Our work style is fast-paced and team-oriented, so we look for people who enjoy and excel at working in groups. Many of our events are held outdoors, so you should should like to get out and get dirty! Minimum commitment: 10 hours per week.

 

Contact Alix Howard at  215-744-1853/alix@ttfwatershed.org.

JUNIATA ACTION COMMITTEE HOSTS CAYUGA TRIANGLE UPDATE
Juniata Action TTFJoin us on Tuesday, June 4 to hear about Cayuga Green Triangle project! The Cayuga Triangle is a large concrete traffic triangle that has been an eyesore in the Juniata community of Northeast Philadelphia for many years. Once home to a Victory Garden, the area now hosts litter, illegal dumping, and other problematic activities. 

Rod Ritchie from AKRF will present a concept plan for the site and TTF's Alix Howard will answer questions. In partnership with the Juniata Action Committee, AKRF, Philadelphia Water Department and Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, TTF is proud to lead this exciting project, which has been several years in the making.

JAC meetings are held at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Juniata Golf Course Clubhouse at 
1391 E Cayuga St., Philadelphia 19124.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR: CLEAN WATER PROJECTS AT ARCADIA 
Arcadia TTF

Join us on Tuesday, June 18th for a behind-the-scenes tour of clean water projects at Arcadia University in Glenside. Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, will lead the tour, describing the many ways Arcadia has met the challenge of maintaining a classic college campus while serving as an exemplary clean water steward.  

 

We will meet at Grey Towers Castle at 2:00 PM and conclude at the Commons at 3:15 PM. To attend, please RSVP by June 10 to Molly Finch at Molly@ttfwatershed.org or 

215-744-1853

WREN GRANT FUNDS GREEN WATERSHED TOURS
WREN grant
There are many innovative green infrastructure projects being implemented across our watershed that we drive by each day and don't notice. TTF was recently awarded funds to bring these projects and practices to your attention. 
 
With a grant from the Water Resources Education Network (WREN), a project of the League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund, we will offer a series of stormwater management project tours in our watershed, targeted to local stakeholders from township supervisors to public works staff to environmental advisory committee volunteers! The first tour is planned for this fall, so watch your email for news.
FEATURED TTF BOARD MEMBER: IAN LITWIN 
TTF Ian Litwin Ian Litwin is the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's Community Planner for the Lower Northeast and North Delaware Districts. He graduated from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2006 with a master's degree in City and Regional Planning. Prior to joining the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Ian worked for both small and large architecture and urban design firms designing neighborhoods, writing master plans, and developing form-based zoning codes. He is working with City agencies on an exciting initiative to create a greenway and trail along the Frankford Creek in Juniata Park and Frankford. Watch for more information about this exciting effort here.
WE'RE CRAZY FOR MUSSELS!   
TTF Watershed Partnership Mussel Surveying
Survey training in Pottstown, PA

We love freshwater mussels because they can filter up to 20 gallons of water per day and help species of fish breed -- that's a big service to our environment and drinking water! 

 

TTF joined Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) in Pottstown for an informative day of training on how to teach volunteers to survey for mussels. During the training, we found some of the largest mussels that group leaders had ever seen! That's exciting news because freshwater mussels in our area are endangered. 

 

TTF also participated in the recent Mussel Mania program with the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center and PDE. Dr. Danielle Kreeger of PDE spoke about mussels,  bringing some to the workshop so we could witness their water cleaning abilities. We topped off the day with a feast of salt water mussels and

Yards Brewery beer.  

 

 

Want to learn more about mussels and come on surveying expedition? Contact Alix Howard at 215-744-1853/alix@ttfwatershed.org.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS  
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary  TTF Watershed Partnership Philadelphia, PA Educators from all walks of life are invited to attend one or both of Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshops this summer.

Gain professional instruction in 
environmental education, receive FREE educational and classroom materials, explore exciting field-trip locations in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and earn approximately 15 professional development hours per workshop! Visit www.DelawareEstuary.org or contact Cheryl Jackson at cjackson@DelawareEstuary.org for more information.
STAY DRY WITH A TTF UMBRELLA 

TTF Blue White Umbrella

 

You may wonder, how can I support TTF

AND stay dry in style? 

 

By buying one of our beautiful new wooden handle golf umbrellas, of course! 

 

These umbrellas, complete with our logo, are $35 each.
                Contact brynn@ttfwatershed.org to buy one.

 

 EVENTS MayEvents
Please note: TTF's outdoor events are canceled in the case of heavy rain. Please check the
TTF Events calendar for updated information. 
 
JOIN US IN JUNE!
 
CLEAN WATER PARTNERS COMES TO FRANKFORDClean Water Partners
FREE! Discover inexpensive ways you can reduce flooding and water pollution on your commercial property, and become a Clean Water Partner!
DATE: Tuesday, June 4  
TIME: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
PLACE: Frankford CDC, 4900 Griscom St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
CONTACT: Molly Finch at 215-744-1853/molly@ttfwatershed.org

JUNIATA ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING
Juniata Action TTF
The JAC has some HUGE things happening! Come and be part of it! New "Welcome to Juniata" flags are being installed this week. TTF Watershed will give details on the brand new rain garden planned or the Castor Triangle. Rob Armstrong from the Parks and Recreation Dept will show the proposed design for the Tacony Trail entrance at "I" and Ramona.
DATE: Tuesday, June 4
TIME: 7 p.m. 
PLACE: Juniata Golf Course Clubhouse, 1391 E. Cayuga St., Philadelphia, 19124
CONTACT: 267-205-1452
 
CLEAN WATER PROJECTS: BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR 
Arcadia TTF

FREE! Join TTF for a behind the scenes tour of clean water projects on the Arcadia University campus in Glenside. Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, will lead the tour and point out the ways that Arcadia has met the challenge of maintaining the classic college campus while serving as a clean water steward. RSVP to Molly Finch by June 10. 

DATE: Tuesday, June 18 
TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
PLACE: Arcadia University, 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside 19038. Meet at Grey Towers Castle 
CONTACT: Molly Finch at 215-744-1853/molly@ttfwatershed.org 
 
PARTNER EVENTS

  

GERMANTOWN GARDEN FESTIVAL
TTF Friends of Vernon Park
Vernon Park is blooming! Philadelphians can experience the passion Germantown has for its gardens at the Germantown Garden Festival. Get your hands in the soil as FVOP plant a brand new garden bed. Learn about the rain garden and gardening techniques at creative workshops. Give and receive new plant varieties at the plant swap. Historical lecture by Nicole Juday. Come with your friends and family or just get out and meet other garden enthusiasts! 
SPONSOR: Friends of Vernon Park & TTF 
DATE: 
Saturday, June 1
  
TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
PLACE: Greene St. side of Vernon Park, 5800 block of Germantown Ave. 19138
CONTACT: FVOP at info@friendsofvernonpark.org 
 
SUSTAINABLE CHELTENHAM SPRING FESTIVAL Sustainable Cheltenham
The Cheltenham EAC invites you to a spring festival to celebrate Sustainable Cheltenham! Stop by and say hi to TTF!
SPONSOR: Sustainable Cheltenham
DATE: Saturday, June 1
TIME: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
PLACE: Cedarbrook Middle School, 300 Longfellow Ave, Wyncote 19095
CONTACT:  Jon Lesher at jlesher@montcopa.org.
 
18TH ANNUAL ARTS IN THE PARK JURIED CRAFT SHOW AND FESTIVAL
TTF Friends of High School Park

Join the family fun when the Friends of High School Park presents its 18th Annual Arts in the Park Juried Craft Show and Festival. The festival fundraiser benefits native plant restoration at award winning High School Park. Featured for sale is the work of 50 juried artisans. The festival features a children's craft and activity area and plant sale. Food, refreshments and raffle prizes. Adult suggested donation $5: Nominal fee for Children's activities.  

DATE: Sunday, June 2
TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PLACE: High School Park, Montgomery Ave. & High School Rd, Elkins Park 19027
CONTACT: www.highschoolpark.org or call 215.782.8082

 

TREE TENDERS PICNIC WITH A PURPOSE TTF PHS TREE TENDERS

Mark your calendar for the annual PHS Tree Tenders Picnic with a Purpose. It will focus on tree pruning and pit care. A series of demonstrations and hands-on workshops will be followed by information sharing on how to start a pruning club in your community. Applications will also be available for a limited number of pruning club start-up grants. Immediately following the demonstrations, a pot luck lunch for attendees and their families will be held. 

DATE: Sunday, June 9
TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PLACE: Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, 19128

CONTACT: RSVP to Marquita Heard at mheard@pennhort.org or 215.988.8878

  

Recycling Bin
MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ONLY
Don't know what to do with your household hazardous waste? Drop it off at Montco County's designated drop-off area!
DATE: Saturday, June 22
TIME: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PLACE: Temple-Ambler Campus, 1431 E. Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002
CONTACT: Montgomery County at 610.278.3000

EXPLORE THE TTF WATERSHED & TOUR A REGIONAL SEWAGE PLANT 
BBNC logo

Join PWD Guide Dottie Baumgarten to explore the TTF Watershed and tour a regional sewage treatment plant. Make the land/water connection, then find out where your water goes when you flush the toilet. Admission is $25. 

DATE: Tuesday, June 25
TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PLACE: Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Rd., Abington 19001
CONTACT: Dottie Baumgarten at dottiebaumgarten@gmail.com

DELAWARE ESTUARY WATERSHED TEACHER WORKSHOP: ESTUARY Partnership for the Delaware Estuary  TTF Watershed Partnership Philadelphia, PA EXPLORERS
Educators from all walks of life are invited to attend our Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshop during summer break. This workshop is divided into two parts: Estuary Explorers on July 10-12 and Urban Waters on July 16-18. Teachers are not required to attend both sessions. 
DATE: Wednesday, July 10 to Friday, July 12 
TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
PLACE: Dover and Lewes, Delaware; Salem, New Jersey; and elsewhere (map)
CONTACT:For details visit delawareestuary.org/wetland-workshop.
 
DELAWARE ESTUARY WATERSHED TEACHER WORKSHOP: URBAN WATERS
Educators from all walks of life are invited to attend our Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshop during summer break. This workshop is divided into two parts: Estuary Explorers on July 10-12 and Urban Waters on July 16-18. Teachers are not required to attend both sessions. 
DATE: Tuesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 18
TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PLACE: Greater Philadelphia, PA (map)
CONTACT: For details visit delawareestuary.org/wetland-workshop.  
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: info@ttfwatershed.org  web: www.ttfwatershed.org

  

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