November '15
Dear Friends:

What an honor to be awarded the Clean Water Fund's Florence Neilson Environmental Leadership Award on October 23...and in the company of our Mayor, the Honorable Michael A. Nutter. Thank you, Clean Water Fund for recognizing the hard work of TTF to improve our watershed. We are proud to partner with the Clean Water Fund to reduce pollution and protect water. Watch my remarks here.
Maurice Sampson, Julie, Brooks Mountcastle & Mayor Nutter

Municipal Partners
Our Planning & Policy Committee convened a meeting with our municipal partners last month. Hosted by Abington Friends School (AFS), this discussion provided a review of TTF's history and progress, as well as a Watershed Report Card & Goals. Key municipal staff from Abington, Cheltenham, and Jenkintown shared community updates and challenges, including ways that we can support water quality improvement and stormwater management efforts. The meeting concluded with a tour of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded stream restoration project along the Jenkintown Creek at AFS. For more information on our cooperative work with our municipal partners, contact [email protected].

Joanne Dahme, Philadelphia Water Department

Watershed Wit thank you
Thank you to supporters who joined us at our recent Creek to Craft at Guild Hall Brewing Company in Jenkintown. Although the event was a success as well as a lot of fun, we are sorry to share the sad news that the restaurant/brewery closed last Saturday. Our thanks to Jennifer McGuire and Owen Hutchins for their kindness. Please stay tuned for future efforts to celebrate the link between clean water and good beer!

Staff Update
Join me in welcoming Marcus Paul as our new Community Organizer. A graduating senior at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Marcus is obtaining a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Marcus grew up in Feltonville and worked for our friend Representative Jason Dawkins. Marcus will work with Robin to provide community outreach and education services for green stormwater infrastructure projects in PWD Planning District 4.

Watch for our December newsletter for an update on all of our fall plantings and green stormwater projects. And think of us on Giving Tuesday -- December 1st!

See you soon,


Ethel Jordan Park & Jenkintown Creek Community Planting Day
Join us...and lots of plant a creekside buffer and trees that will beautify the park and improve water quality, reduce erosion, and create wildlife habitat along this Tookany Creek tributary. Supplies & refreshments provided. FREE.
DATE: Saturday, November 7
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PLACE: Located on Jenkintown Road between Cadwalader and Osceola Avenues behind the McKinley Fire House in Elkins Park, 19027
RSVP: [email protected]/215.744.1853

Nature's Hidden Surprises: Dirt, Soil, Earth, Humus: Taking a Close Look at What's Underfoot
Join Environmental Educator Judith Gratz for this FREE monthly morning nature walk.
DATE: Wednesday, November 11
TIME: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
PLACE: Tacony Creek Park Gateway at I Street & Ramona Avenue, Philadelphia 19124
RSVP: [email protected]/215.744.1853
Celebrate Love Your Park Day in Tacony Creek Park
Join us for a morning bird walk from 8:30 am to 10:30 am! From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, we'll beautify the park and enjoy activities including planting, storm drain marking, trash cleanup, and making pinecone bird feeders and buttons! FREE.
DATE: Saturday, November 14
TIME: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
PLACE: Tacony Creek Park Gateway at I Street & Ramona Avenue, Philadelphia 19124
RSVP: [email protected]/215.744.1853

Pollution from Stormwater runoff = our nation's largest source of water quality problems
We know that you care about Clean Water! Join us, PennFuture, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust to learn about how you can work with your community to improve water quality. This educational program is designed to help citizens become involved in the municipal separate stormwater management (MS4) permitting system. FREE.
DATE: Monday, November 16
TIME: 4:30 to 7:00 pm
PLACE: Jenkintown Library, 460 Old York Road, Jenkintown 19046
RSVP: [email protected]/215.744.1853

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? Film Screening & discussion Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes: single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?" Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Sponsored with Clean Water Action, Frankford CDC, Wooden Boat Factory. FREE.
DATE: Thursday, November 19
TIME: 6 pm to 8:30 pm: Pizza dinner at 6 pm followed by the film at 6:30 pm and a discussion at 8 pm.
PLACE: TTF office, 3rd floor, Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street, Philadelphia 19124
RSVP: [email protected]/215.744.1853


Curtis Arboretum Riparian Buffer Planting
Help plant trees and shrubs along Rock Creek and ponds to improve water quality. Bring gloves, shovel, and a friend. Sponsored by Sustainable Cheltenham, Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council
DATE: Saturday, November 14 (Raindate: November 15)
TIME: 10 am to 2 pm
PLACE: 1250 West Church Road, Wyncote 19095
QUESTIONS: Barb Duffy: [email protected]