Spokesdog

Resolve to know our rivers better in 2015

A River Runs Through It: Philadelphia Water Skiing + Skateboarding from Jon Graham on Vimeo.

With just a few more hours in 2014, it’s time to reflect back a little on all of the great things that we’ve experienced over the past year and make our plans for 2015. A few days ago we stumbled upon the video above created by local filmmaker Jon Graham and it’s so cool that we had to share! Seeing people enjoy the Schuylkill River—strolling on the new 2,000 foot long Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, skating at Paine’s Park, waterskiing, boating, kayaking and more—is very gratifying. At PWD, we’re proud of the role we played in helping to make 2014 such a successful year for our rivers, our water and our city.  

Whether it’s our own Schuylkill River being named Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year or seeing the endangered shortnose sturgeon return to the Schuylkill, 2014 was a tremendously successful year for the health of our rivers. 

We were fortunate to be a part of a great collaboration with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Manayunk community that resulted in the opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. This project showed how green storm water infrastructure and a PWD stormwater storage basin unit can be seamlessly interwoven into a great neighborhood and citywide amenity. We also named our first Stormwater Pioneer and gave $8.25 million to businesses for green stormwater management practices on private property through our SMIP and GARP programs. 

And we’re especially proud of award after award after award being brought home by many of PWD’s staff. And we have to give a shout out to our 2014 Philadelphia Water Department Spokesdog Winners who help us reduce the amount of pet waste that ends up in our rivers! 

As we look ahead to 2015 (here’s our spin on the common resolutions to eat better and exercise more), we suggest you resolve to: 

1. Get outside and experience every single one of the city’s waterways and the great things to do on their banks. Whether it’s waterskiing or kayaking on the Schuylkill or running and biking alongside it; taking in another pop-up park along the Delaware; or hiking along the Wissahickon, Pennypack, Poquessing, Cobbs, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford, you’ll get exercise and relieve stress by being near the water.  

2. Drink tap water! Philadelphia’s drinking water continues to be among the nation’s cleanest, safest and most reliable. We resolve to continue that in 2015 so you can resolve to get your 8 glasses (at least!) per day and at an affordable cost. The cost of 50 glasses of water here in Philadelphia is less than a penny!

3. Do your part to keep pollution out of Philadelphia's rivers and streams.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Registration for the 2014 Spokesdog Competition is Now Open!

The 2013 Spokesdog winner, Josie from Fitler Square

The Spokesdog Competition is back! This time, we’re looking for super-star dogs in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing neighborhoods to help educate pet owners and bark-buddies about the importance of picking up after their pets to keep our waterways clean.

The top dog will be asked to make an appearance at community events throughout the year and will be featured in promotional materials. The top three contenders will receive prize packages consisting of toys, treats and grooming.
Do you think your dog has Spokesdog potential? Enter your pooch into the Philly Water’s 2014 Spokesdog Competition.

All the Places We’ve Been!

Did you receive our exciting December newsletter? If not, here is a version for download. For those of you who missed it, we highlighted some of our exciting events, including our newest Spokesdog winners, Sophie and Josie, and PWD’s involvement in Greenbuild – one of the biggest, greenest conventions to have ever hit Philadelphia.

Our newsletter also details some of our upcoming events in 2014, like our Medallion Design Competition, and the next Green City, Clean Waters information session.

To sign up for future newsletters click here and be sure to check off “Green City Clean Waters.”

Congratulations to Our 2013 Spokesdog Winners!

On Saturday, October 19th, fifteen Spokesdog finalists from two participating neighborhoods (Fitler Square and University City) came out to compete for one crown. After careful consideration of which dog would make the best Spokesdog, judges announced and crowned the winners!



Josie, the 2013 Spokesdog from Fitler Square


Sophie, the 2013 Spokesdog from University City


Josie, a Beagle from Fitler Square and Sophie, an Australian Shepherd from University City, took home the titles for 2013 Spokesdog!

Each 2013 Spokesdog took home $200 worth of prizes from local businesses and will be featured on a number of brochures, advertisements, websites, etc. In addition, winning Spokesdogs will serve as ambassadors to the City for living the eco-friendly life and will attend at least three community events over the upcoming year.


These two dogs will help educate pet owners and their furry buddies about the importance of picking up dog waste in order to keep our streams and rivers clean.


Congratulations again to the winners and thanks to all the dog owners, judges, and participants in this year’s Spokesdog contest!

View more photos from the 2013 Spokesdog Crowning Ceremonies.

The Legacy of the Spokesdog Continues!

When pet waste is left on the ground, rainwater or melted snow washes it into our storm drains and into the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, harming the health of the water. But the Spokesdog is out to change that! Philly Water’s Best Friend is on a mission to keep our waterways clean by encouraging dog owners to pick up after their pets.

Every year, a new dog is chosen to carry on the legacy of the Spokesdog and continue to improve the health of Philadelphia’s waterways. Come see which dog will win this year! Out of our 15 finalists from Fitler Square and University City, only one dog from each neighborhood will be crowned as a 2013 Spokesdog. The crowning of the Fitler Square dog will take place on Saturday, October 19, at the Schuylkill River Park from 11am to 12pm, followed by the University City dog from 1pm to 2pm. Come out to cheer on your favorite dog and win free treats and giveaways for you and your favorite furry friend!

Learn more about the Philly Spokesdog Competition.

One of the 2012 Philly's Best Friend Spokesdogs, Scooter

Vote for the Next Spokesdog -- Only Three Days Left!

Get your votes in! The Spokesdog Competition closes on Thursday, July 31st. Be sure to cast your vote here, up to one vote per hour, until Thursday. The top 15 dogs from both Fitler Square and University City will be nominated to participate in a Community Competition Day! After each day, a Spokesdog will be crowned for their respective neighborhood!

Voting for Spokesdog Competition Now Open!

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It’s time again to choose Philadelphia’s four legged clean water ambassadors, so head on over to the Spokesdog page to vote for your favorite pooch! Voting for the Spokesdog Competition has officially opened! 54 dogs are competing this year, 21 from University City and 33 from Filter Square. The voting is split between the two neighborhoods, but make sure you cast a ballot for your favorite dog in each! Voting is limited to one vote per hour, so please return to the site to continue voting until Wednesday, July 31st. After the final online votes have been cast, 15 finalists will gather for a Community Competition Day in each neighborhood. A battle of brains, agility and of course, cuteness is guaranteed to ensue. Judges will deliberate and decide on a winner from both University City and Fitler Square at the end of the event. Let the games begin!

To read more about the Spokesdog Competition or learn about the importance of cleaning up after your dog, please visit this site.

Is Your Dog the Next PWD Spokesdog?

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Does your dog have star power? Is he or she the sweetest, cutest, most intelligent and amazing animal in the City? There’s still time to register your dog for the 2013 Philly Watersheds Spokesdog Contest, now in its third year.  This round, we’re searching for dogs in the University City and Fitler Square neighborhoods to compete for a panel of judges during a community day.

Spokesdogs promote cleaning up after your pet in order keep our waterways clean! The top three contenders will receive prize packages consisting of toys, treats and grooming. The top dog will be asked to make appearances at community events throughout the year and will be featured in Philly Watersheds materials. Take a look at the registration page or forward on to a friend. Our Spokesdog page has complete contest information and photos from previous years' events. Ruff, ruff!

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!

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