First Section of Delaware River Waterfront Bike and Pedestrian Trail Now Open

“We’ve raised the bar for Philadelphia by providing a world-class amenity for bikers and pedestrians." - Mayor Michael Nutter

Rendering of trail facing south from aboveThe Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is hard at work reintroducing city residents to a long lost friend -- The Delaware River. With support from Michael Nutter and government officials, DRWC emerged in 2009 with the fundamental purpose of designing, developing and managing Philly’s Delaware River waterfront. The Corporation’s work focuses on implementing their Master Plan for the Central Delaware, a blueprint for transforming Philly’s underutilized waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural and commercial activities.

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Rep Your River: PEC seeking Delaware River Ambassadors

Image via pecpa.orgThe Delaware River. You get your drinking water from it. You water your plants with it. You may even spend your weekends leisurely sailing on it. Now, it’s time to advocate for it. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is searching for this year’s team of volunteer Delaware River Ambassadors to spread information about and appreciation for one of Philly’s most indispensable natural resources. River Ambassadors will plan and lead educational events for the public, focusing on the river’s tidal portion from Trenton/Morrisville to Marcus Hook, and along the tidal portion of the Schuylkill River south of the Philadelphia Art Museum. The position also provides the opportunity to engage community members in river clean-ups, fishing derbies and other activities that promote awareness of the river’s ecological importance. All ambassadors will participate in an eight-week training program to gain valuable knowledge about the river and meet with expert guest speakers. Show some love to the river that fills your water bottle and apply by March 1.

For more information and to apply, visit

Fracking Lesson: Temple brings arts and sciences symposium on natural gas drilling to Philly

Fracking—the controversial natural gas drilling technique is constantly in Philadelphia news. But what do you really know about the issue? In an effort to bring some clarity to what fracking is and how it’s affecting Pennsylvania, Temple Gallery, in conjunction with the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection is holding a day-long conference today, November 4.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Sciences is an opportunity to hear all sides of the complicated issue. Interact with scientists, artists and historians throughout the day as they talk about the production, utilization and management of the natural resource.

Speakers will include Brian Black, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s more than 200 years of mining policies and practices. And Jennie Shanker a potter whose work is on display at the Temple Gallery uses Pennsylvania shale and clay to bring an artist’s perspective to the issue.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Science is the first of many programs being offered by Temple Gallery that deal with local and international issues. For more information and to see the list of speakers, visit here.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Science
Friday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 2001 North 13th St.

Stepping on the Gas: West Philly dynamo/water activist Iris Marie Bloom leads the local charge against environmentally irresponsible drilling.

Iris Marie Bloom is busy. Seriously busy. The night before we meet near her West Philadelphia home, she was in Warminster, screening a documentary and organizing residents. Three days before, she was at a rally in Harrisburg. As we talk, she occasionally checks the time; she has another interview that morning, and after that, her weekly radio show.

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