There are a number of techniques for analyzing various aspects of urban creek trash problems, however, the author has not found a systematic, reproducible methodology for comprehensively investigating the sources and severity of creek trash problems.
This paper applies a 3 step Philadelphia Creek Trash Assessment process to the Mill Run Creek trash situation to demonstrate an analysis approach that could be applied to Philadelphia area creeks to establish the extent and potential sources of creek trash.
The Mill Run Creek offers an excellent location to develop and test creek trash assessment techniques because it only has one type of source, stormwater outfalls. Since PWD’s T-088-01 outfall makes up the entire “upstream flow” for the Creek, we do not need to worry about other upstream sources. Inspection of the area around the Creek shows that there is minimal potential overland flow of litter/ trash and illegal dumping.
Here is the pdf link. MRC_Assess_contributions
Posted in General, Green City Clean Water, Litter, Philadelphia Litter, Tacony Creek, Tookany Creek
Tagged Green City Clean Waters, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia watersheds, stream trash, Tacony Creek Park, Tookany Creek, TTF Watershed
Temple University students video take on plastic bags via Axis Philly ( link).
Here is an update of my most recent Tookany Creek trash photo surveys and an attempt to synthesize what I have found to date.
Tookany Creek Watershed Trash Photo Surveys
This material reflects my tentative finding and conclusion and does not reflect the views of any organization, group or agency.
Please understand that this is a working document that represents the results of my field work and map review to date. The findings are likely to change as I gather more information. The reader must recognize my use of “may”, “could”, “might”, “potential” and other tentative words because I am trying to understand the sources of trash in Tookany Creek and have not reached any firm conclusions beyond “potential”. I will update the findings from time to time.
You can download the PDF here.
Posted in General, Litter, Philadelphia Litter, Plastic waste, Tacony Creek, Tookany Creek, Trash Tour
Tagged Cheltenham, Green City Clean Waters, Philadelphia litter, Philadelphia watersheds, stream trash, Tacony Creek Park, Tookany Creek
Posted in Cheltenham, General, Litter, Phila Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Litter, Stormwater, Tacony Creek, Tacony Creek Park, Tookany Creek, TTF
Tagged Cheltenham, Green City Clean Waters, Philadelphia litter, Philadelphia watersheds, TTF Watershed
Plastic litter is killing sea life. This recent Raw Story tells the sad story of a “.. 4.5 tonne sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain died from ingesting large amounts of plastic sheets used in greenhouses on farms in the region…” (link)
Plastic Debris found in dead sperm whale
Plastic floats and can last for many years in the marine environment. That plastic soda bottle or piece of plastic that you drop may wind up in a fish or sea mammal. Please be responsible with your plastic waste.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) are regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This EPA web page provides overview information on what municipalities with separate storm sewers are required to do to comply with their permit conditions.
(Click image to go to EPA’s website)
Municiplalities with separate storm water sewer systems are required to:
- Apply for NPDES permit coverage
- Develop a stormwater management program which includes the six minimum control measures
- Implement the stormwater management program using appropriate stormwater management controls, or best management practices (BMPs)
- Develop measurable goals for the program
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
EPA’s Stormwater Phase II Rules establish 6 minimum control measures (MCM) that municipalities must include in their into their stormwater management program:
(Click link to see EPA Fact Sheet on MCM)
EPA and California have identified a number of potential pollutants “.. likely associated with specific municipal facilities”, including trash. EPA’s list identifies 17 municipal programs that are likely associated with “trash” pollution.
This EPA document provides guidance on evaluating the effectiveness of municipal stormwater programs.
Solving the TTF Creek trash problem will require enhanced municipal litter control, prevention of illegal dumping and MS4 Stormwater Rule compliance .
I’ll review EPA’s MS4 program requirements in the next few posts.
Posted in Clean Waters, General, Green City Clean Water, Green Stormwater, Litter, Philadelphia Litter, Stormwater, TTF
Tagged Green City Clean Waters, MS4, NPDES, Philadelphia watersheds, Tacony Creek Park, TTF Watershed
In case you missed it, Plan Philly Eye on the Streets had a post on litter in South Philly.
Christine Fisher writes about how the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC), spends about 40% of their annual budget on litter removl in this south Philadelphia area. The article quotes PARC’s Executive Director Samuel Sherman…
- “The one thing is trash begets trash..”
- “We’re finding … the litter problem is not as bad as it used to be because people realize [Passyunk Ave] is clean.” Source: Plan Philly Eye on the Streets
See the full article here.
AXIS Philly – New Group in town (Link)
“AxisPhilly is a non-profit news and information organization whose mission is to educate and engage citizens on topics of public interest while empowering them with tools to participate in developing and implementing change.
AxisPhilly is incorporated as the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network Inc. Its initial funding was through a $2.4 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to Temple University’s Center for Public Interest Journalism at theSchool of Media and Communication.” Source: AXIS Philly About page
AXIS Philly has taken on 3 projects: Taxes, Open Government and Litter. Here’s an image of their Litter Page.
AxisPhilly Litter page
Looking forward to their updates. We need all the help we can get to tackle our street litter/ illegal dumping/ stream trash problem.
Posted in Green City, Green City Clean Water, Green Stormwater, Illegal Dumping, Litter, Media, Philadelphia Litter, Trash Tour
Tagged Green City Clean Waters, Illegal Dumping, Philadelphia litter, Short Dumping, stream trash