On May 21, the Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) held its annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony and Reception at the beautiful Juniata Golf Course. The full house event was a party, fundraiser, and celebration of success -- and demonstrated how a small group can accomplish big things through partnership.
Opening remarks from TTF Executive Director Julie Slavet and Philadelphia Water Department Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug.
"TTF’s mission is to improve the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and watershed–which includes neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and Northwest Philadelphia and Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield in Montgomery County– by engaging our communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy." Learn More at stormwaterpa.org/ttf.html. And Get Involved at ttfwatershed.org
Urban Blazers take on the Rusty Crayfish, an invasive species that outcompetes its native relatives, in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Laughing, life lessons, doing your part: that's worth dancing about!
Aug 6, 2014: Some of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's remarks at yesterday's event on the banks of the Schuylkill River, where she joined representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, business organizations, environmental advocates, and others to support strengthened legislation aimed at protecting our Nation's waterways.
The Honorable Councilwoman Reynolds Brown is Chair of City Council's Committee on the Environment, was primary sponsor of a resolution urging EPA to finalize its proposed rule on "Waters of the United States" which clarifies which streams and wetlands are protected under the federal Clean Water Act. The resolution received Philadelphia City Council's unanimous support and was presented to Clean Water Action's Michael Roles in recognition of his organization's leadership on this critical issue.
Here's the Sustainable Business Network's news release about the event: http://bit.ly/1sk3Wvm
After the August 6 press event in which Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presented the City's resolution supporting the U.S. EPA's Clean Water Rule, we caught up with Bill Barton, co-founder of Philadelphia Brewing Company to talk about the exciting resurgence of Philly's Kensington section. His is one of the sustainable businesses enterprises that's driving change in the neighborhood that a little over a decade ago was considered almost a war zone. It's a great story, and it's happening all over the region, which is why we love our City so much!
If you care about beer, you'd better care about clean water, says Bill. And even if you don't (care about beer, that is), it's time to step up and pay attention to your local waterways, because they give you back far more than you probably know.