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.
Explore 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!