Category Archives: Philadelphia Stormwater Trash

Water Pollution Stages of Philadelphia’s Plastic Litter

Have you wondered what happens to Philadelphia’s plastic litter? This pdf shows the water pollution  stages of Philadelphia’s plastic litter. here is a slideshow of a recent talk.

You can download a pdf of this talk here.

 

How to sample for microplastics in creeks

Plastic Debris along Schuylkill Banks in Fairmount Park

The Schuylkill River through Fairmount Park is one of Philadelphia’s treasures.  Unfortunately, upstream stormwater runoff carries trash to the Schuylkill River,  where some gets caught on the River banks while the rest continues to flow downriver to the Delaware River and Bay.

This Schuylkill River bank trash survey was conducted on the West bank from the dam to Girard Ave bridge on 4/7/15.

There is a significant quantity of plastic debris along the shore line caught in the vegetation along the bank .

 

Map of Phila. Litter CVNs by Watershed

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Street and stormwater litter conditions vary across the City, with the TTF and Cobbs Creeks having the worst creek trash problems while the Pennypack and Wissahickon Creeks having less creek trash.

This map, prepared with ESRI’s ArcMap,  shows the incidence of 2013 litter Code Violation Notices for the 5 small creek watersheds in Philadelphia.

Clearly, the Tacony-Frankford and Cobbs Creek watersheds  have much more serious litter conditions than than the Wissahickon and Pennypack Creek watersheds.

TTF Watershed Litter Code Violations

The Tacony-Frankford Creek has a major stormwater trash problem, as discussed here, here and here.

In this post, I want to show how to map watershed boundaries, Philadelphia City Council District Boundaries and litter Code Violation Notice data to show the geographic relationships between chronic litter areas, stormwater flow and creek trash.

Here is my map:

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I made this map using ESRI’s ArcMap and Philadelphia’s open  Code Violation Notice data. There were 6,258 litter code violations in the Philadelphia portion of the TTF Watershed. The Tacony Creek Park, highlighted in data green in the map, receives a large load of stormwater litter that gets caught along the banks and in vegetation along the banks.

 

Trash along Delaware River

Here is a link to an excellent 10/5/14 Courier-Post article on trash along the Delaware Riverfront  (link).

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Tidal Delaware River Stormwater Plastic Trash Survey

I have been surveying stormwater plastic trash along the banks of Philadelphia area creeks and rivers to assess the impact of Philadelphia’s street litter on our receiving waters. My overall survey plan is shown in this map:

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This post reports on photo surveys of site 4 (General Pulaski Park) and site 5 (Penn Treaty Park).

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General Pulaski Park,  with its very limited river front, has stormwater trash  in the southeast corner of the Park along the river front, as shown in this photo.

Photo by Kelly O'Day

Penn Treaty Park is a 9.7 acre waterfront park with nearly 1,100 feet of accessible river front that can be viewed during low tide.

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