Free Yard Trees from TreePhilly

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Did you know that planting trees is one of the easiest, most effective ways to manage stormwater? Even better - you can do it for free! 

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PP&R) is making it easy for you to green your neighborhood. Through the TreePhilly campaign, sponsored by Wells Fargo, PP&R is offering Philadelphia property owners a free yard tree. These yard trees help clean the air, lower energy costs, manage stormwater and beautify neighborhoods.  TreePhilly supports Philadelphia’s goals to increase trees in the city and Plant One Million, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s campaign to plant one million trees in 13 counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

If you have open land and would like a free tree, file a request online by March 31st. PP&R will hold nine pick-up events at different locations throughout the city between April 6th and 20th. Tree species included in the spring giveaway are: Sweetbay Magnolia, Serviceberry, Pawpaw, American Plum, American Hornbeam, Flowering Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, Boxelder, Black Gum, and Tulip Tree.

Visit to sign up for your free yard tree, and to learn more about the benefits of trees and how to get your entire neighborhood involved. You can also register here.

What's the future of Philadelphia's waterways?

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Wrapping up the Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! design initiative, special guest Eric Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, will host a conversation on Thursday, March 21st about the future of urban waterways at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

The evening will also include an overview of the Green City, Clean Waters program by Marc Cammarata, director of PWD's Office of Watersheds, and the winners of the Soak It Up! Design competition will present their ideas for the future of green infrastructure in Philadelphia. 

The event will run from 6:30 to 8:00pm, with a networking reception at 5:30. You can register here.

Winners of the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! design competition were announced last Thursday to a packed room at the Academy of Natural Sciences last Thursday. This national, interdisciplinary design competition challenged designers, engineers, and other sustainability professionals to show how green stormwater infrastructure can transform our City. Over 320 people attended the ceremony celebrating the winners, chosen from three design categories.

In the Industrial category, a team led by Roofmeadow won with their design, "Leveraging Water + Plants in Zero Lot Sites." 

For the Neighborhood category, focused on Queen Village neighborhood, a team led by the landscape architecture firm OLIN, won with their design, "Greening the Grid." 

The winner of the Commercial retrofit category was "Stormwater reStore" led by Urban Engineers Inc. 

Visit the Community Design Collaborative’s Blog for a full list of winning participants, and learn more about the designs from local press: 

PlanPhilly, Flying Kite Media & Bustler

PWD hopes to use the winning designs for green stormwater infrastructure prototypes in the future. The Philadelphia Water Department congratulates everybody who took part in this groundbreaking competition! We hope you’ll join us tomorrow to hear more from our winners and learn about the future of urban waterways.

Reel Good Time: Photos from the 2012 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

Last weekend's Philly Fun Fishing Fest was, um, off the hook. Nearly 100 participants came to the Schuylkill banks, and the fish were definitely biting. A total of 225 fish were caught; 10 different species were hauled in during the catch-and-release event, including striped bass, white perch, yellow perch, channel catfish, white catfish, small-mouthed bass, blue gill, alewife, spot and blueback herring.

Thanks to our sponsors (Dick's Sporting Goods and Plano) and our partners (Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation). More photos after the jump.

Fishing Fest Registration Closes Today

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Don't let the deadline to register for the 2012 Philly Fun Fishing Fest "bass" you by—today is the last day to sign up for the free event on Saturday, September 8 on the Schuylkill Banks from 7-11 a.m. Remember to print and sign your release form. And in the event of inclement weather on Saturday, we'll announce a rain date right here.

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Register for the 2012 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

Bring your family and friends out to this year's Philly Fun Fishing Fest! This is a great opportunity to enjoy the river, catch fish and win prizes!

Saturday, September 8th 7am - 11am

Schuylkill Banks near 24th and Walnut Streets

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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.

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