November 2014

Dear Watershed Friends:

We're busy doing good work across our 30 square mile watershed, both upstream and downstream. To keep you informed (and our e-newsletter brief) we recently launched a new series of email updates focusing on our upstream and downstream activities. Watch your inbox for these regular information-packed newsletters!

Welcome: new TTF Board member 
Please join me in welcoming one of our new TTF Board members: Rosanne Mistretta! 

"After spending so much time working with Julie and the TTF staff on the riparian buffer at Abington Friends School, I knew this was an organization that that I wanted to work with on other projects and initiatives. I teach watershed protection to my elementary age students every year and it makes sense for me to expand my role to help such an important watershed group.  I'm looking forward to working with TTF on its essential mission of watershed protection!"
- Rosanne Mistretta

Rosanne Mistretta is the Clerk/Director of AFS Outside at Abington FriendsSchool, a school wide outdoor learning program designed to connect children with the outdoors. She is also the Lower School science teacher and runs a experiential, inquiry-based science program for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Rosanne has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Dickinson College; a Juris Doctor with an emphasis in environmental law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and also has a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Arcadia University.


Before becoming an educator, Rosanne worked as an environmental attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency Region III in the Superfund division. She has also served as an adjunct college professor teaching environmental science and worked as a school programs coordinator for a nature center.  A past Outward Bound Instructor and whitewater canoe instructor, she has directed a comprehensive outdoor/environmental education summer program for a North-Central PA land conservancy and served on the board of Family Nature Summits, a national environmental/adventure organization for families. Rosanne regularly presents on science and environmental topics at national and regional conferences such as the North American Association for Environmental Education.


Next month, we'll welcome Carolyn Hirsh, our other new Board member!


Hope to see you at a watershed event soon,



TTF opens the door to Art & Environment!


At TTF, we know that having an office in Globe Dye Works means we're surrounded by artistic talent...from jewelers to painters (and cupcake makers!) This past weekend, the 15th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) gave tenants a chance display their work and open their studio doors throughout the building to art enthusiasts.


We saw POST as the perfect opportunity to tie the arts and environment together by hosting our first "Open Studios/Open House: Art Meets Environment." We invited people to check out our office, meet our staff and visit with the artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs. Read more here



A BIG thanks to Felice Croul Associates for the beautiful design work! 

Watch out for our November 18th email! Your support enables us to do crucial watershed work! 

TTF Awarded Grants by TD Charitable Foundation and Dow for Community Watershed Engagement
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded grants from two new funders to support our community watershed engagement efforts! In September, TD Charitable Foundation approved a $5000 grant for storm drain marking in neighborhoods in and around Tacony Creek Park (TCP). Last month, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation awarded us a $5000 grant for our annual community block parties at TCP gateways.

Why storm drains? 
Marking drains is an important tool to educate the community that these drains lead directly to our creeks. By marking drains, we hope to stop people from using storm drains as dump sites. Working with local partners, we will enlist volunteers to mark drains with "No Dumping" medallions.Volunteers will canvas their neighborhoods with watershed information, participate in our Watershed Heroes lesson, and receive a certificate upon completion of a successful lesson and storm drain marking event. TD Charitable Foundation support will enable us to make these campaigns highly visible and effective.

In the summer of 2015, we'll host our third series of block parties at Tacony Creek Park's newest gateways. These neighborhood gatherings will continue to build upon our core of park users and leaders, as we promote these through canvassing, local advertising, and social media. Each event will include environmental education activities and information as well as community health and other resources, a food truck and giveaways. Dow Chemical Company Foundation funding will enable us to expand our event outreach and the variety of program partners bringing fun, interactive environmental exhibits. In addition, Dow employees will lend a hand as volunteers!

Thank you, TD Charitable Foundation and Dow for funding our initiatives! We look forward to engaging with your employees and letting your customers know how much we appreciate your support.

Interested in working with TTF on either of these exciting programs? Contact Robin Irizarry at [email protected] or 215-744-1853.




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 [email protected]/215.744.1853



Join TTF and help us beautify our park! We need volunteers to plant trees along the trail, garden bed weeding and planting and trash cleanup. After, join us for our Fall Festival where we will have craft activities and educational fun with our partners and non-profits. 

DATE: Saturday, November 15

TIME: Cleanup: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Fall Festival: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

PLACE: Tacony Creek Park, I St. and Ramona Ave., Philadelphia, 19124

CONTACT: DoryŠn De Angel at  [email protected]/215.744.1853

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