April 2014
Dear Watershed Friends:

I am so excited to share with you the best news ever!

 

In partnership with our colleagues at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT), TTF has been awarded a three year grant from the William Penn Foundation through their $35 million multi-year Delaware Watershed Conservation Program. We could not be prouder to be part of this "unprecedented collaboration of leading conservation organizations who will align their work to protect land, restore streams, test innovative approaches in ecologically significant places, and monitor results over time."

Pennypack's David J. Robertson, Ph.D., ED & Brad Nyholm, Dir. of Stewardship with TTF!

TTF is part of an august group that includes the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Open Space Institute, and more than 40 additional national and regional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Temple, Villanova, and Saint Joseph's universities, the Lower Merion Conservancy, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and others.  Our funding will support staffing, monitoring, and operational projects costs to:

  • implement and monitor on-the-ground projects that include green infrastructure, tree planting, and wetland construction
  • provide technical assistance to our upstream municipalities, particularly Cheltenham, with their stormwater permit requirements
  • provide custom smartphone technology and programs to support citizen volunteer efforts to advocate for improved water quality and support restoration projects
  • provide resources and learning opportunities on financing and support for green stormwater infrastructure projects and policies.

We have applied for restoration funding through the William Penn Foundation's $7 million re-grant program administered by NFWF for stream restoration and green infrastructure projects along the headwaters of Jenkintown Creek at both the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great and Abington Friends School. We are in the process of hiring a Municipal Watershed Coordinator and developing our citizen water quality recruitment and training program.

 

For TTF, this is truly transformative. This funding will enable us to provide the resources and support to our upstream municipal and community partners to strategically develop efforts to improve our creeks and streams through restoration and green infrastructure. It will enable us to take the lessons we have learned by being part of the Philadelphia Water Department's Green City Clean Waters program and apply these upstream. In addition, access to the skills and resources of these leading environmental and academic institutions will empower a small organization like ours to ensure quality projects, education, and monitoring as well as enabling us to serve as an incubator for effective approaches.

 

Please feel free to call with any questions about how you can work with us on this initiative!

 

Happy Earth Day!

Julie
CLEAN YOUR WATER WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Do you live or work in one of our upstream communities? Are you a resident, 

municipal official, school, or commercial property owner looking for stormwater information and resources?


Clean Your Water is a new website created in partnership with GreenTreksTV and made possible by the William Penn Foundation. It provides tips, information, and tools through videos and on-line materials to help you start to think about what you can do about stormwater. Linked to the websites of our partner communities -- Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, Springfield, and Philadelphia -- this website provides information from how to reduce water pollution and flooding on commercial property to native plant lists.
 

Let us know what you like and what you'd like us to add or expand. Clean Your Water is for you -- we welcome your input!
WATERSHED MILESTONES

  Watershed Milestones

 

 At our third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 21, TTF will honor people, organizations, public agencies, and companies whose efforts in improving and protecting the TTF watershed deserve special recognition. Read about last year's award ceremony here

 

If you'd like to sponsor this event, you still have time! 
Visit our website for details. 
The sponsorship deadline is Friday, April 11
 

2014 Watershed Milestones Sponsors

 

Advocate ($1000)

Juniata Golf Club  

Philadelphia Insurance Company

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation 

Philadelphia Water Department

Sustainable Business Network/GSI Partners

 

Ambassador ($500)

AKRF Inc. 

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

 

Patron ($250)

Campbell Thomas

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Pennsylvania Environmental Council 

Roofmeadow

Scattergood Foundation 

Weeds Inc. 

 

If you have questions about sponsorship, contact Julie at julie@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853! 

TACONY CREEK PARK: THE WORD ON THE TRAIL 
Healthy Trails 5k Tacony Creek Park TTF
March came in "like a lion" in Tacony Creek Park. Our friends from PowerCorpsPHL have been working tirelessly, removing invasive plant species and sprucing up the trail in preparation for our upcoming spring events, including the Second Annual Healthy Trails 5k! We hope you will join us on Sunday, April 13 for this fun, family-friendly event. After this long winter, we all deserve a fun springtime run through the park! Check out pictures from last year's race
 
Our Trash Task Force has been working with our partners from Temple University's Geography and Urban Studies Department to identify the quantity and type of litter in Tacony Creek Park, so that we can develop effective solutions to solve this ongoing problem. You can take a look at the group's findings so far here  

  

As you can see, we are committed to working with lots of partners to bring fun, educational programs to Tacony Creek Park. We're excited about upcoming tree plantings and more, so check out our calendar to see when you can get involved! Let us know your ideas, keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter, and send us photos when you visit Tacony Creek Park.
STROUD CENTER LOVES FRESHWATER STREAMS

Earth is referred to as the "Blue Planet" because its surface is 70% water.However, less than 3% is freshwater. Lucky for us, Southeast PA is home to the Stroud Water Research Center.  This nationally renowned center is the only one of its kind-devoted solely to the health of freshwater streams like TTF. Founded in the 1960's as a field station of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Stroud helps educate policymakers and individuals on water pollution and how the public can make a difference.

 

As spring approaches, Stroud scientists will be out collecting macro-invertebrates (bugs) that tell us about the pollution levels in freshwater streams like TTF.  Stroud is helping TTF collect these bugs and find out how healthy our streams are! We need citizens with a passion for the watershed to help us monitor the health of our creeks. If you want to get involved, contact Alex Cooper at cooper@ttfwatershed.org!

UPCOMING EVENTSUpcoming

PHILLY SPRING CLEAN & URBAN WATERS WORKSHOP 
Join TTF and PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) at Olney Rec Center for an Urban Waters Training Workshop and Work Day for Philly Spring Clean. Learn about Green Stormwater Infrastructure and how to take care of it! Wear cleanup friendly clothes! Supplies and snacks provided. Urban Waters is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

DATE: Saturday, April 5
TIME: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PLACE: 

Olney Recreation Center, 6001 A Street, Philadelphia 19120 
CONTACT: Alex Cooper at 215.744.1853 or cooper@ttfwatershed.org.

STORM DRAIN MARKING AT WHOLE FOODS JENKINTOWN 
Whole Foods Logo

Ever wonder where the rain landing on all those huge parking lots and roads ends up? Join us to mark storm drains, a tool to inform neighbors that anything on the ground ends up going down the drain and then into our streams. When we're done, we'll celebrate with a pizza dinner.


DATE: Wednesday, April 9
TIME: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PLACE: 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown 19046
CONTACT: WFM Jenkintown Customer Service at 215.481.0800

HEALTHY TRAILS 5K RUN/WALK 
Healthy Trails 5k Tacony Creek Park TTF
The second annual Healthy Trails 5K run/walk in Tacony 
Creek Park will start at Ferko Playground and end in Tacony Creek Park. This event is on a fully paved, stroller and pet friendly trail through the park. Mark the date in your calendar and bring the whole family to participate! 
 
DATE: Sunday, April 13
TIME: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PLACE:  
Starting Line: Ferko Playground, 1101 East Cayuga Street, Philadelphia 19124
Finish Line: I Street and Ramona Avenue gateway
CONTACT: Register here.

  

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP AT WHOLE FOODS JENKINTOWN 
Whole Foods Logo

Stormwater runoff is the number one polluter of our local waterways. Protect our creeks by learning how rain barrels work and how to install one at your home. This informational workshop will demonstrate how our urban water system works, how rain barrels manage stormwater, and how to become involved with the TTF Watershed Partnership.

 

DATE: Thursday, April 24
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PLACE: 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown 19046
CONTACT: WFM Jenkintown Customer Service at 215.481.0800

 

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