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.
The following map shows the locations of the stream trash and street litter photos taken on 1/31/13.
Photo 1 shows stream trash (plastic bottles, cups and cans) onhte west bank, near Johns St.
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.
Here is another view of the storm sewer outfall, showing Tookany Creek Parkway in the background and the extensive build-up of stream trash.
The entire survey is available in this Lower Tookany_Creek_Trash_Survey PDF file.