Friend of the TTF Watershed: Aine wins an award!

Woot! My sister Aine is being honored for her environmental work in Philadelphia from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership. TTF will host its third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 21 at the Juanita Golf Club. The event will honor individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the TTF watershed.

Here’s what TFF has to say about Aine:

TTF would like to acknowledge Aine Doley for her outstanding volunteer work, particularly her leadership of Tree Germantown, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders® group in TTF’s former home neighborhood. TTF supports Tree Tenders across our watershed, because trees are key to stormwater management and neighborhood health.

Aine not only established the West Rockland Street Project (along with her sister Emaleigh), but she makes sure that her community participates in citywide efforts from the Philly Spring Clean Up to Tree Philly. She also effectively promotes community programs, challenges, and successes through social media, which is so important. We are proud to honor Aine for the ways that she demonstrates her commitment to community and watershed improvement.

Now if you’re wondering what a watershed is… That’s a good question! A watershed is all of the land that drains into a specific body of water.

The purple area on the map below shows the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed. Any water that falls on the purple area of the map will eventually run into the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek. Crazy, right?

The watershed includes neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and Northwest Philadelphia (including Germantown!) and Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield in Montgomery County.

Germantown actually sits on top of not one but two watersheds, TTF and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed.

TTF_map_1Explore this map and more at ttfwatershed.org. Tickets to the May 21 event, which raises critical dollars to support outreach, education and restoration efforts, can be purchased online. We hear that Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug are scheduled to make an appearance, but we’re most excited to see longtime Twitter bud Julie Slavet, TTF’s Executive Director! Follow @TTFWatershed and @julieslavet on Twitter!

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One comment

  • Congratulation Aine.

    The TTF Watershed is the dirtiest creek in Phila., possibly the entire state of Pa. Your tree and anti-litter efforts are a great help, however, the entire City must step up and tackle our trash problem.

    You and I both live in the old Wingohocking Creek watershed which is now a combined sewer that discharges to the Creek just upstream of the Juniata Park. East Mt Airy, Germantown litter flows to the nearest inlet then to an outfall at I & Roma Streets where it is discharged to Frankford Creek. To get a sense for the water pollution problem that Philadelphia trash causes the Tacony-Frankford Creek, I suggest that you take a walk a few hundered yards to the Frankford Creek banks when you are at the Juniata Golf Course for the TTF reception.

    Please enjoy your award and ask the event participants to help clean up the Tacony-Frankford Creek by asking EPA, PaDEP and the City to properly address Philadelphia’s litter – floatables problem. The Clean Water Act of 1972 requires cities with CSOs to reduce/ eliminate floatables discharges. Philadelphia needs to improve its CSO floatables program with plastic bag & bottle controls, street sweeping as well as more aggressive illegal dumping controls.

    Philadelphia’s CSO permit is up for a 5-year renewal, this is a perfect time to encourage EPA III and Pa DEP to require Philadelphia to eliminate litter-floatables discharges to the Tacony-Frankford Creek.

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