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
The Tookany-Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed includes parts of Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown and Rockledge in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. The Philadelphia boundary as well as the creek tributaries and Watershed boundary as overlays on this aerial photograph.
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So far, I have conducted 10 trash photo surveys to assess the litter/ creek trash problem in the TTF Watershed. This map shows the locations of the trash surveys completed to date and summarizes my watershed trash findings.
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You can access these trash surveys below:
Litter/illegal dumping is not just a Philadelphia problem, we are seeing it in Montgomery County, across the country and around the world. It is not just an aesthetic problem, it is a serious water pollution problem. It is time to treat it as the serious pollution problem that it is.
Posted in Clean Waters, General, Green City, Green City Clean Water, Green Stormwater, Illegal Dumping, Phila Parks & Recreation, Stormwater, Tacony Creek, Tacony Creek Park, Trash Tour, TTF
Tagged Green City Clean Waters, Illegal Dumping, Philadelphia litter, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia watersheds, Short Dumping, stream trash, Tacony Creek Park, TTF Watershed
Tacony Creek Park is a wonderful natural resource in the City that needs care and attention. The Philadelphia Water Department and Parks & Recreation Department are working hard to restore the creek and Park, however, the litter – illegal dumping – trash problem requires a broader City – public effort to reduce/ eliminate the trash from illegal dumping and stormwater runoff that is winding up in Tacony Creek Park.
This photographic trash tour near PennDOT’s Whitaker Ave Bridge shows the extent of the trash problem in this stretch of the creek. This Google maps image shows the area around the Whitaker Ave Bridge as it crosses Tacony Creek.
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Here’s a windshield view as we approach the bridge.
Whitaker Ave Looking North – approaching Tacony Creek Bridge Crossing.
Let’s take a look at the east side of the Bridge ramp – we see extensive illegal dumping.
Illegal Dumping on southeast side of Whitaker Ave Bridge.
Posted in General, Illegal Dumping, PENNDOT, Phila Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Litter, Tacony Creek Park, Trash Tour, TTF
Tagged Illegal Dumpsites, Philadelphia litter, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia watersheds, Short Dumping, stream trash, Tacony Creek Park, TTF Watershed
This gallery contains 22 photos.
The beauty of Tacony Creek Park, in too many places, is disrupted by the sight of ugly trash carried into the Park by people and stormwater. This set of photos show how plastic bags litter the Park from the City … Continue reading
Press this Link to view my 11/12/12 proposal for Tackling Tacony Creek Park Illegal Dumping and Stream Trash Problem.
Posted in General, Green City Clean Water, Green Stormwater, PENNDOT, Phila Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Litter, Stormwater, Tacony Creek Park, TTF
Tagged Green City Clean Waters, Illegal Dumpsites, Litter, Philadelphia litter, Philadelphia watersheds, stream trash, Tacony Creek Park, TTF Watershed
Illegal dumping is a serious pollution problem in Philadelphia and in Tacony Creek Park . It hurts our environment and is incredibly depressing.
Here is a photo of dumping along Whitaker Ave as it crosses Tacony Creek. (Click image to enlarge)
This next photo shows trash in the Park right under the Whitaker Ave Bridge.
Here is a link to a PDF of my 10/22/12 survey of Tacony Creek Park Illegal Dumping. TCP_illegal_dumping
We are in the process of getting a Tacony Creek Park Stream Trash Initiative organized and underway. Please contact me if you would like to participate in this effort.
Philadelphia’s Green Storm Water Program
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has a world class green stormwater program that uses vegetation and trees to capture/ filter/ infiltrate runoff, reducing the stormwater discharges to the City’s rivers and streams.
The land adjacent to SEPTA’s property at the corner of E Durham & Sprague Streets could make a perfect green stormwater project, E Durham & Sprague Streets. A tree trench or bump-out could be built in Sprague Street, adjacent to the out-bound platform. Click image to enlarge
A green stormwater tree trench or bump-out could transform this section of Sprague Street by adding trees – vegetation, providing an attractive screen for the platform and Devon Village Wall as well as helping reduce stormwater runoff from the 7200 and 7100 blocks of Sprague Street.
This PDF file has been submitted to PWD to start the request process for considering this site for a PWD green stormwater project.
Very preliminary PWD feedback is that the E Durham – Sprague Street land adjacent to the outbound platform appears to be a viable site that PWD will consider adding to the list of future projects. While there are no guarantees and any actual work is a least 2 years away, the addition of a stormwater tree trench or bump-out to the 25 City Parks & Recreation trees and 23 SEPTA Sedgwick Station trees shows that we can transform our neighborhood.
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Sedgwick Station Neighbors contacted Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department (link) in early May to request help in adding trees to the Sedgwick Station Neighborhood.
City Parks & Recreation took our request seriously and, after discussions with SEPTA and site visits, developed a plan to plant 25 street trees along the streets around Sedgwick Station this fall. As the property owner, SEPTA has agreed to work cooperatively with Parks & Recreation to plant the trees in front of their property. This Sedgwick Station work will be a first of hopefully more City – SEPTA partnerships to add trees around other SEPTA property in the City.
The street trees will be planted between the sidewalk and the curb on 4 city blocks in front of SEPTA’s Station property:
- E Mt Pleasant near Inbound Stairs – 2
- 7100 block Devon Street from E Mt Pleasant Ave to Station driveway - 5
- Sprague Street from E Mt Pleasant Ave to Durham Street – 13
- Sprague Street from E Durham Street to E Mt Airy ave Bridge – 5
7000 Block Sprague St, looking toward E Durham Street outbound stairs. Notice white line in curb, this is marker for tree location. There will be 13 trees planted between E Mt Pleasant Ave & E Durham St
Parks & Recreation will plant a mix of 8 tree types:
- Autumn Flame Red Maple – 6
- Katsura – 4
- Lacebark Elm- 2
- Rea Oak – 2
- Green Mountain Sugar Maple – 4
- Zelkova – 2
- Yellowood – 3
- Thornless Honey Locust – 2
The actual selection may vary depending on availability at planting time.
The planting will be done by a City contractor who will be responsible for watering for 1 year. The contractor will need to replace any of the new trees that die within a 1 year warranty period.
This is in addition to SEPTA’s landscaping plan which will add 23 trees within the Station grounds (link).
SEPTA's Landscaping Plan for Sedgwick Station - May, 2011
The addition of 25 City street trees and 23 SEPTA Station grounds trees will add a total of 48 new trees in and around Sedgwick Station. This will certainly help to beautify the Sedgwick Station Neighborhood for residents, visitors and commuters.