Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Honors Environmental Stewards

Residents of Philadelphia and surrounding counties depend on local streams and creeks to supply the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers with drinking water. This Wednesday, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will honor people, organizations and companies dedicated to improving and protecting the TTF Watershed. The second annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony and Reception takes place May 22 at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.

Executive Director Julie Slavet says that the TTF Watershed, which covers 30 square miles of Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, is “one of the most challenged in terms of runoff.” Because much of the Tacony Creek runs through Northeast Philadelphia, it accumulates sewage and other urban pollution, which makes its way into the Delaware River.

Honorees at Wednesday’s event will include Central High School 10th grader Aliyah Patterson, who volunteers regularly at events throughout the TTF communities. Slavet says, “Aliyah came to us all on her own, and she’s gotten really excited about the watershed and the environment. We think she’s wonderful – the great kind of environmental leader that we want to support.”

The Abington School District will also be recognized for its partnership in building a riparian buffer at its Junior High School, which sits near the headwaters of the East Baeder Creek. As school districts cover extensive areas of land in suburban Pennsylvania, Slavet says, “We feel like this is a really good start working with this particular school district and recognizing them.”

The Watershed Milestones Reception will feature a silent auction, Yards beer, Chadds Ford wines and cheese from Valley Shepherd Creamery. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

Supporters can also donate via the TTF website, volunteer at events, or join the Board of Directors. Visit http://ttfwatershed.org/ for more information or to sign up for email updates. 

Growing Greener: Philly builds first LEED-certified firehouse

Fire officials and Mayor Nutter perform the ceremonial "push" of the fire engine to open the new firehouse. | Photo by the Philadelphia Fire Department/ City of PhiladelphiaThis Tuesday, Philadelphia added to its growing list of green building achievements when it opened the city’s first LEED-certified firehouse. Built in Disston Park to serve Mayfair and Tacony, Engine 38 Firehouse is LEED Silver certified. The 12,200-square-foot firehouse features recycled materials from within 500 miles, solar panels and a green roof. Other unique elements include a community and training room, and exterior artwork that shows the history of the fire department and the Tacony neighborhood. The original firehouse was demolished when a new I-95 access ramp and interchange improvements were made at Cottman Avenue.