October 2014
Dear Friend:

This month, we're so busy getting things done in our watershed that we decided to focus this newsletter on the incredible attention we've been receiving and our upcoming events!

Sandy Bauers interviews PDE's Dr. Danielle Kreeger
Did you get to see the wonderful press coverage on the Partnership for Delaware Estuary's exciting mussel seeding program and our (small) part in supporting this effort? Thank you, Sandy Bauers, Environment Reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer for your extensive story on this cool project. We also wanted to make sure you saw the up-close article about our amazing new Streamkeepers group! Another thanks goes to Jarreau Freeman, Reporter at Montgomery Media, for spending time with our citizen volunteers. Links to both of these stories are below.

It's the perfect time to plant and celebrate with us, both upstream and downstream! Come by to see us and help plant at our Creekside Planting & Environmental Fair at Abington Friends School (October 18)! Visit our office and our artistic neighbors (and support us at the same time!) by attending our Open Studios/Office: Art Meets Environment on (October 25). Finally, kick off November by signing up to help us plant five backyard buffers on November 1 and 2!

Information is power, right? Interested in learning more about how you can help reduce runoff -- the biggest source of water pollution for our creeks? The Clean Your Water website is for you. This resource provides step by step information and videos for a variety of folks in our watershed including residents, municipal officials, schools, or commercial property owners.

 

 

Created with GreenTreksTV and made possible by the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Water Department, Clean Your Water links to the websites of our partner communities -- Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, Springfield, and Philadelphia -- and provides information from native plant lists to ways to reduce water pollution and flooding on commercial property.

 

We know that you care about your waterways -- now the information you're looking for is just a click away!

 

-Julie

UPSTREAM & DOWNSTREAM: IN THE NEWS
Get the latest
news on mussels in our creeks here

Events

 

CREEKSIDE PLANTING & ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR 

Work with TTF and Abington Friends School to make our creeks healthier by planting a creekside buffer of 300 trees along Jenkintown Creek! Local environmental organizations & businesses will provide fun hands-on learning and information. Call us if you want to volunteer!

DATE: Saturday, October 18

TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

PLACE: Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown 19046

CONTACT: Alex Cooper at cooper@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

OPEN STUDIOS/OFFICE: ART MEETS ENVIRONMENT

Check out our office, meet our staff, and visit with the artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs at our Globe Dye Works home in Frankford during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Learn about projects and network with other key watershed stakeholders from around the region over a beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company and goodies from Earth Bread + Brewery and Cake Life! Support our important work through a Suggested Donation of $25.

DATES: Sunday, October 26

TIME: 2 to 4 p.m.

PLACE: Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street, Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: Julie at julie@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

BACKYARDS WITH BENEFITS PLANTING: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

It's planting season! Work with us to help five upstream neighbors improve their property and our creek by planting creekside buffers of native trees and shrubs. We need watershed stewards like you to join our crew. RSVP today: volunteers are capped at 6 people per site! Lunch will be provided.

DATES/TIMES: Saturday, November 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

       Sunday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLACE: Upon RSVPing, TTF will provide planting locations. 

CONTACT: Alex Cooper at cooper@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

NATURE'S HIDDEN SURPRISES

A FREE monthly Wednesday morning nature walk series in Tacony Creek Park. Join Environmental Educator Judith Gratz to learn about the critters that live in the water, signs of a healthy creek, and how can you help keep the creek clean.

DATE: Wednesday, November 5

TIME: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

PLACE: I Street and Ramona Avenue, Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: DoryŠn De Angel at doryan@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 Events

RIVER DREAMS: HISTORY, HOPE and THE IMAGINATION

Author Beth Kephart is the keynote speaker for the Schuylkill Heritage Area's 2014 River of the Year lecture series with special presentations on October 14 (Pottstown) and October 16 (Philadelphia). She will speak about the Schuylkill River's place in her own imagination and teaching, the impact rivers have on all our lives, and the legacy of those who have worked to restore Philadelphia's essential waterways.
DATES/LOCATIONS: October 14/Pottstown & October 16/Philadelphia
INFORMATION & RSVP: Click here
  
PARKVIEW PARK BUFFER PLANTING 

Cheltenham Township and its EAC are extending the riparian buffer of native trees and shrubs along the creek in Parkview Park. Volunteers are needed to help plant. No experience needed and no registration required -- you can just show up! Bring gloves, a shovel and mark all tools with your name! Volunteers also needed on Friday, October 24th at 8:30 a.m. to help unload and place plants at the site.

DATE: Saturday, October 25th 

RAIN DATE: (downpour only) Sunday, October 26th

TIME:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PLACE: Parkview Park, corner of Parkview Rd & Hilldale Rd, Melrose Park, 19012

CONTACT: Barb Duffy at 215.885.1506

 

FRIENDS OF HIGH SCHOOL PARK: PARKTOBERFEST

Terrific fall kids activities featuring pumpkin painting, games, and a pie baking contest! NEW: A dogs-in-costumes parade and photo op!!  

DATE: October 25th

PLACE: 7910 Montgomery Ave., Elkins Park 19027 

CONTACT: Kevin at fhsprestorationmanager@gmail.com/215.782.8082 

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