A Shout-out to PowerCorpsPHL

Being the first city to introduce a program like Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia serves as a national model for many to follow. However, this dream of a sustainable green city could not be possible without the help of PowerCorpsPHL.

This exciting new program is a partnership between AmeriCorps, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. PowerCorpsPHL builds on the initiatives of both Mayor Nutter and Governor Corbett by encouraging environmental stewardship, while building career opportunities for Philadelphia’s youth.

Active throughout the department, PWD is proud to host a number of PowerCorps members. Team “Blue Magic” supports the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Maintenance Team. This group of young men and women has done an outstanding job of maintaining the green in Philadelphia. In just over 10 weeks on the job, they have collected over 9,385 lbs. of trash and street litter (over 4 tons), 3,124 lbs. of leaves and organic debris and 2,138 lbs of construction materials from green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) across the city. These achievements are the result of over 430 hours hard work, completing over 326 work orders for PWD.

Thanks, PowerCorpsPHL!

To learn more about the PowerCorps, click here.

Capture the rain in your very own rain barrel

Rain barrels are a great way to collect rain water from down spouts which can be reused for either gardening, cleaning your car, sidewalk, and more!  This Sunday, July 13th, join New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) at the DIY Rain Barrel Workshop and go home with your very own rain barrel.  A construction demonstration is a component of the workshop, so that you can learn how to build  one yourself.

NKCDC is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve neighborhoods, including Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond, through sustainable means. NKCDC assists over 30,000 low and moderate income families and 60,000 residents annually. As an adoptee partner of Soak it Up Adoption, NKCDC maintains several GSI tools including tree trenches and rain gardens.

There are only ten spots per workshop, so make sure to register for your spot today!

For more information, check out the flyer.

Mark Your Calendar

Do you live near Tacony Creek Park?

Join the Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership as they host free block parties across your community July 15th – July 17th from 5pm to 7pm.

Special guests include Juniata Action, Latinas in Motion, the Water Department, Parks & Recreation, the Academy of Natural Sciences, Audubon and more. Come out as we celebrate your park! Enjoy family time with a variety of food and water ice.  Also included will be learning opportunities to explore your park, such as resource tables and guided nature walks.

For location details for each day, check out the flyer or below: 

July 15th I St. and Ramona Ave, Phila 19124
July 16th Whitaker Ave. and Loudon St, Phila 19120
July 17th Rorer St. and Roosevelt Blvd, Phila 19120

INVISIBLE RIVER Brings a Live Performance to the Schuylkill River

Connect to the Schuylkill River this Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th by taking part in INVISIBLE RIVER, an event that combines dance, art, boating, and love of the environment- in a fantastic show open to the public. The show includes a musical ensemble, a freestanding abstract sculpture of native birds, and aerial dancers who fly beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and sail on a boat that glides along the water. On the docks a chorus of dancers will build a landscape of running and flocking movement that ebbs and flows out of the landscape creating an ephemeral experience similar to nature.

PWD will be there to welcome people to the Schuylkill River and provide information on the health of our river and ways to learn more about our watersheds.
The public is invited to view the event from the shores of Kelly Drive for free. Tickets are available for those interested in taking a moving boat flotilla to see the show from the water.

For more information: http://www.invisibleriver.org/

Greened Acre Retrofit Program Grant (GARP) Seminar

PWD’s newest business assistance grant program encourages stormwater project aggregation!
Join the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) on Monday, July 21st from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at 1101 Market St, 11th floor conference room to learn more about the newly launched Greened Acre Retrofit Program Grant (GARP).

GARP provides grant assistance to companies or contractors for stormwater projects on non-residential properties with a total project size of over 10 acres or larger located in Philadelphia’s combined sewer area.  Currently, PWD is seeking applicants who are companies or project aggregators that can assemble large areas, often over multiple properties, for stormwater management projects.  Properties undergoing redevelopment are not eligible for GARP funding. GARP applications will be evaluated by PWD staff based on a variety of criteria including total area managed, cost to PWD, quality of long-term maintenance plan, and availability of matching funds. GARP is now accepting applications.  Applications can be submitted electronically to PIDC at any time and selected grantees will be issued a decision at the close of each fiscal quarter. 

RSVP now to learn more about this exciting program.

Please Keep the Fire Hydrant CAPS On

Warning: This is not your  typical blog post. This  is a warning and a public announcement. 

We know it’s hot and kids love playing with water to cool off, but please make sure to leave the fire hydrants alone. Though it sounds exciting to have a sprinkler that gushes water , open hydrants can cause much damage. In fact, in 2008, taxpayers had to pay $1 million for the damage caused by residents who opened the caps. Not only that, the amount of water that bursts can be dangerous to any child that is near the hydrant. Fire hydrants are used for the sole purpose of fire hazards. Please avoid uncapping them. 

Remember, there are other safe alternatives to staying cool. Go for a swim at the nearest recreation center, eat a popsicle and drink water. It’s cheaper, safer, and the smarter thing to do. 

Tally the Votes

They’re fluffy. They’re playful. They’re man’s Philly Water’s best friend.  It’s that time of year again – PWD is hosting the 2014 Spokesdog Competition, so bark your calendars!

To make sure that Philadelphia’s waterways are clean, two dogs will be chosen to teach others the importance of reducing dog waste pollution. A pageant will take place in Juniata and another in Lower Moyamensing, with each having qualified judges and spokesdogs selected by online voters. Both winners will have images printed of each dog and will be used in brochures, online, etc.  In return, each pet owner and winner must attend three community events and educate other pet owners about the significance of picking up after our dogs.

Voting is in progress. Make sure to vote for your top favorite in each neighborhood before it is too late!

Marking Our Territory

Look out for new street art under your feet! As part of the Green City, Clean Waters art contest, students from K-12 illustrated ways we can keep pollution out of our storm drains. In addition to being featured in the Green City, Clean Waters calendar, the art work of each grade's first place winner will be enlarged and placed on city streets as a friendly reminder to stop pollution. As a test, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, on behalf of Philadelphia Water Department, put down large storm drain art in Schuylkill River Park and Vernon Park. These visually inspiring art works by Frank McShane are just a preview of the student artwork which will grace streets and buses in the early fall.

Be on the lookout if you haven’t seen them yet!