April 2018

Dear Friends,
A Look Back

Take a moment to read our Annual Report for 2016-2017 (the fiscal year that ended last July). Check out the fold-out map illustrating accomplishments across our watershed. 

Win for the Delaware River

The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program (DRBRP) received $5 million in funding through the 2018 spending bill approved by Congress and signed by the President.

The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed worked with Congress to authorize the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, creating the DRBRP, introduced in 2010 
and authorized in 2016. 

Funding  will finally begin flowing to local conservation projects throughout the region.

We are proud to be part of this amazing coalition and to have actively participated in the recent Day on the Hill with David Bell and Suzanne Pitcairn, two of our awesome Streamkeepers .

Don't Miss Milestones! 
Save the date for our Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception, our annual celebration of everyday people doing extraordinary things for clean water: Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Globe Dye Works. 

See you soon, 

We are excited to share news about our work to protect clean water in our watershed through t he Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI). We are proud to be working with friends across the region to protect forests and farms, clean up streams, and green communities.

Yesterday, the William Penn Foundation announced more than $40 million in new funding for the DRWI, among the country's largest non-regulatory conservation efforts to protect and restore clean water. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration, with TTF just one of 65 organizations  working together to protect and restore the Delaware River and its tributaries, which provide drinking water for 15 million people across 4 states. 

The DRWI is tackling widespread pollution that threatens clean drinking water and the health of rivers and streams.  In 2014, the DRWI launched a new approach, joining local and regional groups to accelerate conservation efforts. The DRWI stands out as a basin-scale program driven by non-profits like us,  guided by science.  In just over three years, DRWI partners have  protected 19,604 acres,  restored 8,331 acres, and  monitored and sampled water quality at more than 500 sites. 
This new $40 million, three-year investment builds on initial successes to protect and restore an estimated 43,484 additional acres through a scientific approach to securing clean, abundant water in the basin.

As you know, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) has been working with a number of partners in Abington and Cheltenham as part of this exciting initiative. Our challenge is to reduce our major source of water pollution -- stormwater runoff.

Working with Abington Friends School, Abington Monthly Meeting, Manor College, the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, McKinley Elementary School, and Abington Township at Ethel Jordan Park and over 1,100 volunteers, we have planted more than 1,400 native trees and shrubs along a half mile of the Jenkintown Creek, installed 5 rain gardens and a bioswale, and restored a vernal pool and eroded streambanks.

These complete projects manage 6 acres of polluted. Plans for the coming year include projects which will bring total area managed to 50 acres of land which previously drained directly to the creek. 
We look forward to continuing to work with our partners and the community on these clean water efforts.


Looking for a summer job outside in a park and on a trail? 

Learn about summer fellowships through the Alliance for Watershed Education and be  sure to check out the TTF fellowship in Tacony Creek Park

Please apply by Sunday, April 15. 

We Walk PHL is a new free walking group in Tacony Creek Park starting in May! Join your neighbors for a healthy stroll along this Circuit trail. 

WHEN: Tuesdays from 9 to 10 am meeting at the Tacony Creek Park Whitaker Ave Gateway (635 Tampa Street, Philadelphia 19120).

Contact Doryán at doryan@ttfwatershed.org or 215-744-1853.   
Shop & Support TTF!

 has selected us as their Nickels for Nonprofits recipient for the spring! 

Bring your own bag from April 1 to June 30
and get 5¢ back to donate to us at the register!

Located at 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown 19046

Rain Barrels store rain to be released in drier weather. This helps our creeks by decreasing pollution and reducing demand on our stormwater system. 

Barrels save money  because you use less tap water. Use the stored water for gardens and lawns, or washing your car and patio furniture!
Cost per barrel: $75 plus tax 

Learn more about barrels here

 Live in Philadelphia? Get a free rain barrel through 
RainCheck .


Philadelphia Environmental FilmFestival

Don't miss this FilmFest,
about on-the-ground efforts to protect the Delaware River, 
as well as Blue, Water Warriors, The Local Oyster Stout, and more!

*Watch for TTF! 

WHEN:  April 6 to 8 
WHERE: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia 19102
Tickets: Here. U
se discount code GREEN2018
   Cheltenham Bird Town Bird Walk

Join Wyncote Audubon for their first walk of the spring! Meet at the entrance to Thomas Williams Park. 

WHEN:  Monday, April 9 from  8 am to 10 am  
WHERE: Thomas Williams Park, 137 Hewett Rd, Wyncote 19095
RSVP: Leigh Altadonna: ljalta@comcast.net or call Judith Gratz: 215-896-7804
  Native Plant Swap at Earth Fest

Briar Bush Nature Center is having its annual native plant swap: 
buy plants for your yard, or bring some to swap!   
WHEN:  Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 4 PM  
WHERE: Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd, Abington 19001
Details: Here