Trash Tour of Lower Tookany Creek and Tookany Creek Parkway

Lower Tookany Creek carries stream  flow from nearly all of Cheltenham, 27% of Abington,  95 % of Jenkintown and 47% of Rockledge. The Tookany Creek name changes at the Philadelphia City line to Tacony Creek.

During rain storm events runoff carries street litter and debris into the Tookany Creek and its tributaries.  Some of this stream trash Is deposited along on the Tookany – Tacony – Frankford Creek bed and banks; the rest Is carried to the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Here is a Google Map that shows the Tookany Creek , and its tributaries, including Rock Creek, Baeder Creek and Jenkintown Creek.

Tookany Creek and Tributaries

Tookany Creek and Tributaries

The following map shows the locations of the stream trash and street litter photos taken on 1/31/13.

Lower Tookany Creek Trash Tour - Photo Location Map

Lower Tookany Creek Trash Tour – Photo Location Map

Photo 1 shows stream trash (plastic bottles, cups and cans) onhte west bank, near Johns St.

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Moving upstream, flow from a storm sewer enters the Creek just downstream of the Cheltenham Presbyterian  Church. Here is a photo of the storm sewer outfall. Extensive rash is evident just below teh outfall discharge.

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Lower Tookany Creek – Storm Sewer Outfall Just Downstream of Cheltenham Presbyterian Church

Here is another view of the storm sewer outfall, showing Tookany Creek Parkway in the background and the extensive build-up of stream trash.

Another view of storm sewer outfall shoiwing Tookany Creek Parkway in background and extensive stream trash build-up.

Another view of storm sewer outfall showing Tookany Creek Parkway in background and extensive stream trash build-up.

The entire survey is available in this Lower Tookany_Creek_Trash_Survey  PDF file.

One response to “Trash Tour of Lower Tookany Creek and Tookany Creek Parkway

  1. Pingback: Watershed Litter, Creek Trash | Mt Airy, Philadelphia

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