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New Video: Philadelphia's First Porous Street

Pass by the 800 block of tiny Percy Street near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia and you may not even notice that you're in the presence of Philadelphia's first street to be retrofitted with porous paving. Check out the new video from GreenTreks to learn about the design, construction and functionality of Percy Street's porous paving. It's just one of the many green infrastructure tools that PWD is using to soak up stormwater before it can enter our sewer system and cause overflows into our rivers and streams.

Scenes from the Northern Liberties Spokesdog Contest

Last weekend, Northern Liberties awarded its spokesdog title to Scooter, a Schnauzer-Beagle mix who'll help educate pet owners about the importance of picking up dog waste in order to keep our streams and rivers clean. Thanks to all the dog owners, judges and participants in this year's spokesdog contest! Above, Scooter is dog tired after a rigorous competition.

Northern Liberties Chooses Its Spokesdog: Scooter!


Photo: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

On Saturday, Philly Water got another new best friend: Meet Scooter, the Schnauzer/Beagle mix who took home the title of Northern Liberties spokesdog. Above, Dee Ross of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary affixes Scooter's new spokesdog cape as owners Julia Vu and Gary Acers look on. As spokesdog, Scooter will teach humans to pick up dog waste in order to protect our waterways from harmful bacteria. Congratulations to Scooter and all the participants!

Good Dogs: Photos from the Queen Village Spokesdog Competition

Here's our photo essay from last weekend's Philly Water's Best Friend competition at Mario Lanza Park in Queen Village. Thanks to all the dog owners, judges, volunteers and neighbors who turned out for a fun event that was part doggie pageant and part quiz show—above, Betty the pug tackles a tough question from the judges about keeping our waterways clean by picking up pet waste. Nice job, Betty.

And a reminder—the Northern Liberties spokesdog competition is tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Liberty Lands.

Saturday: Northern Liberties Spokesdog Competition

It's like awards season for dogs: Last weekend, Queen Village crowned Joey Bag-o-Donuts as its ambassadog, and this weekend, Northern Liberties will hold its judging and awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Lands. Make a day of it—Liberty Lands is hosting a cook-off starting at noon, followed by the spokesdog contest and then a free music festival that begins at 4:00 p.m.

Take a look at the finalists that will walk the green carpet at Liberty Lands on Saturday.

King of Queen Village: Joey Bag-o-Donuts Takes Home QV Spokesdog Crown


Photo: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Water Department and a panel of judges awarded the Philly Water's Best Friend title in Queen Village to ... Joey Bag-o-Donuts! The 32-pound Shiba Inu, described by owner Ellie Gibbard as a "world-class snuggler," took top honors among the contestants at Mario Lanza Park. Joey Bag-o-Donuts and his owner will assume the responsibility of teaching Philadelphians and their dogs how they can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in our waterways by picking up pet waste.

Stay tuned for more photos from the contest.

Tomorrow: Queen Village Spokesdog Judging and Awards Ceremony

The wait is almost over—tomorrow, Saturday June 2 at 10 a.m. at Mario Lanza Park, Queen Village will crown its spokesdog. Join us for the judging, to be immediately followed by the awards ceremony and the grand opening of the Mario Lanza Park doggie doo composter! How apropos.

Shell Account: Red-Bellied Turtle Spotted at Lardner's Point


Photo: Rebecca Kennedy/Pennsylvania Environmental Council

The Philly Watersheds Blog is not in the habit of posting photos of baby animals for the sake of posting photos of baby animals (although it is Friday, and who among you would blame us?), and so we inform you that this red-bellied turtle hatchling was spotted earlier this week near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge along the Delaware River. More specifically, the turtle was observed at Lardner's Point, a brand  new four-acre city park on the site of a former ferry terminal where a 2004 oil spill occurred. "More than just a pretty park on a pier," writes Sandy Bauers in an Inquirer article this week, "it is an ecological restoration that turned a concreted shoreline into a freshwater marsh, thick with plants and beneficial to wildlife."

As if to illustrate the point, this red-bellied turtle—a threatened species in Pennsylvania—showed up on the newly restored sandy beach. According to eyewitness accounts, the turtle had one eye, was feisty, and was last seen paddling back into the river. It's possible the turtle made his way across the river from the Palmyra Cove Nature Park in New Jersey, which has a red-bellied turtle population.

More photos below—happy Friday, everyone.

Frankford Depaving Project Is Complete

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Yesterday, a group of volunteers braved the wet weather to plant the final two rain gardens at a partially depaved lot at Eadom and Bridge streets (just west of I-95) in Frankford. A crew including employees of the Philadelphia Water Department and GreenTreks, along with volunteers from the NorthEast Treatment Center, planted almost a dozen varieties of vegetation (including sedum, switchgrass, Virginia sweetspire and Viburnum) and brought the total number of rain gardens in the lot to six. In all, the Eadom Street project has converted 10,000 square feet of impervious concrete to rain gardens that allow stormwater to infiltrate the soil instead of flowing into our sewers. The rain gardens will manage stormwater runoff from two acres.

Learn more about depaving.

More photos of yesterday's planting after the jump.

Final Day to Vote for Your Favorite Spokesdog

Today is the final day to vote online for your favorite spokesdog. Vote for your favorite dog in Queen Village and Northern Liberties. The next phase of the Philly Water's Best Friend competition will be a judging and awards ceremony in each neighborhood in June. Details to come!

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