September 2015

Leadership News: Directors and Advisors
At our Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors welcomed new leaders. Rodman Ritchie, P.E., PP (AKRF, Inc.) stepped up as President. We are proud to formally welcome Rosanne Mistretta (Abington Friends School), Tariq Parvez (TD Bank), Michael Connor, PE, LEED AP BD + C (The RBA Group) and Nate Johnson (Roofmeadow Services, Inc.). Tariq will serve as Board Secretary and Rosanne will serve as At Large Executive Committee member. Nate, Rosanne, and Tariq served as interim members this past year.

L to R : Tariq Parvez, Rosanne Mistretta, Michael Connor
Robin Abell,  Michael Leff, Nate Johnson, Larissa Klevan

Gerry Kaufman, founding President, will serve as Board of Advisor Chair. Welcome to new Advisors Robin Abell (science communications and conservation biology consultant) and Larissa Klevan (Philadelphia City Planning Commission) and welcome back, Michael Leff (Delaware River Urban Waters Federal Partnership), long-time TTF Director and our first ED! Rev. Derick Scudder has moved onto the Board of Advisors. Learn more about our Board here.

Heartfelt thanks to Susan Myerov, AICP who served as 2014-15 President. She led TTF through a transitional year, providing exceptional leadership and support as we implemented our new structure. We continue to seek Board directors. Live and work in our watershed? Interested in actively supporting our mission of watershed improvement through community engagement? Contact me to learn more!

Leadership News: Staff

Robin Irizarry, Philadelphia Watershed Coordinator, has been recruited to serve on the Board of the Wyncote Audubon Society, one of the oldest nature-oriented clubs in North America and a chapter of the National Audubon Society, with over 2000 members! Wyncote Audubon donated binoculars for our bird walks and PA Audubon assisted us with our Tacony Creek Park bird guide. Audubon folks regularly lead bird walks for us! We greatly value our Audubon partnership.

Hope to see you at a TTF event soon, 

PS: Watch for news about our exciting partnership with Guild Hall Brewing Company in Jenkintown...because you can't make good beer without clean water! Save the Date for Creek to Craft on October 20, when we tap Watershed Wit for the first time!

Bird Walk with Keith Russell, Audubon Society

FREE walk with expert birder Keith Russell and Bird Philly. Dennis Miranda, Executive Director of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association will be our guest leader on this walk, sharing his bird expertise in his native spanish! Expect some good bird spotting (woodpeckers, chickadees, hawks, oh my!) Donuts, coffee and binoculars provided.
DATE: Saturday, September 26 
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
PLACE: I Street & Ramona Avenue, Philadelphia 19124
Eventbrite - Bird Walk with Keith Russell of Audubon Society

We are proud to announce that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded two new Delaware River Restoration Fund grants to continue our work along the Jenkintown Creek in Abington, with the goal of improving water quality!

Building upon our work at the headwaters at Abington Friends School, we will work with the Abington Monthly Meeting to develop and implement stream stabilization and green stormwater infrastructure. At McKinley Elementary School, downstream from our NFWF project at the Sisters of Saint Basil, we will restore the streambank and install a buffer and vernal pools. We look forward to working with these partners, who are committed to environmental stewardship. These projects provide an unsurpassed environmental education opportunity for students and neighbors. 
This fall, we will continue our partnership with the Abington School District along Baeder Creek! Together, we'll construct a rain garden behind the Junior High School to divert stormwater runoff from the driveway. This project will reduce runoff, improve water quality, provide habitat for birds, help reduce downstream flooding, and beautify this important headwater stream.

The existing two-phase buffer, planted in 2012 and 2013 by students and community members, received National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat® certification, National Audubon Society Bird Habitat Recognition, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Community Greening Award. The rain garden will serve along with the buffer as an outdoor environmental education classroom.

We met with positive feedback at the recent meeting for local residents about this project. Here's the presentation. Any questions? Call us at 215.744.1853. 


       Teamwork for  TCP!


Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Dozens of exhibitors will show festival-goers how to care for our beloved waterways during a fun-filled day of learning. Enjoy the world's largest LEGO model ship collection, boat rides, kayaking, swan boats, and other Delaware riverfront activities. FREE.
DATE: Saturday, September 12 
TIME: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLACE: Walnut Plaza at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia 19106

Friends of High School Park 
Learn about the birds that visit our area during migration and those that reside at High School Park. Bring binoculars if you can; a limited number will be available. FREE.
DATE: Sunday, September 20
TIME: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
PLACE: 7910 Montgomery Avenue, Elkins Park 19027

Collins Nursery
Check out lots of trees, shrubs, flowering perennials, ferns, ground covers, and grasses. TTF's Robin Irizarry will demonstrate woodcarving and share information. Native plant tasting will be serviceberries. FREE.
DATE: Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20
TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
PLACE: 773 Roslyn Avenue, Glenside 19038 (Edgehill Castle)

Abington Environmental Advisory Council
DATE: Saturday, September 19
TIME: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. FREE
PLACE: 773 Roslyn Avenue, Glenside 19038 (Edgehill Castle)

Let's Talk Trees: Landscape with Natives
Abington Township Shade Tree Commission 
DATE: Monday, September 21
TIME: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE.
PLACE:  Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Rd., Abington, 19001   

Planting & Clean Up
Friends of Grove Park 
Help to plant native plants, remove invasive plants and pick up trash. 
DATE: Saturday, October 3 
TIME:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
PLACE: South Lynwood Avenue between West Waverly Road and West Glenside Avenue, Glenside 19038
CONTACT: RSVP to Dottie Baumgarten at

Abington Township Shade Tree Commission 
DATE: Monday, October 5 
TIME: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE.
PLACE:  Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001   

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
During three energetic sessions learn the basics of tree planting and care including Tree Biology, identification, stresses, planting, pruning and root care - and how to use these skills at home and to restore the tree canopy in your neighborhood and the region. $25 for the series
DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 14 and 21 
TIME: 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
PLACE: PHS Town Hall,100 N. 20th Street, 1st Fl, Philadelphia 19103
CONTACT: Mindy Maslin at