2014 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

Enjoy the last bit of your summer with family and friends at the 2014 Philly Fun Fishing Fest, where everyone is welcome to catch and release fish on Saturday, September 6th from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Anyone can take part in this friendly competition held on Schuylkill Banks (by the Walnut Street Bridge) and have a chance to win prizes in multiple categories during the award ceremony at 11:30 A.M. A fishing license is not needed for the competition. Fishing equipment will be offered for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. *This is the 10 year anniversary for the Philly Fun Fishing Fest, so come out and help us celebrate.

Registration and Releaseof Liability are required to fish at the Fishing Fest. The registration must be completed ahead of time and the release form must be brought on the day of the event in order to participate.

The last day to register is Thursday, September 4th and the scheduled rain date is Saturday, September 13th. For more information, please call: 215-685-6300.

The Wealth of a Healthy Watershed

Humans rely on natural resources and benefit from healthy ecosystems in countless ways—these benefits are called ecosystem services. We have known about the intrinsic value of ecosystem services for a long time, but have been slow to put a dollar amount on that value, largely because it’s difficult to calculate—how do you calculate the financial benefit of clean air?—and because the free market economy developed when natural resources were seemingly endless.  In Jonathan Lerner’s Nature’s Salary, from the July issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, he discusses the concept of payment for ecosystem services (PES), as the “next big thing in conservation,” and cites Philadelphia’s  Green City, Clean Waters plan as one of two case studies that use PES as an innovative, market-based approach to sustainable resource management.  

The 25 year Green City, Clean Waters plan aims to mitigate stormwater runoff and reduce Philadelphia’s Combined Sewer Overflow  by 85% using green stormwater infrastructure that mimics nature, soaking up stormwater with trees, plants and soil. To get private property owners on board with the plan, the PWD applies a payment for ecosystem services approach to stormwater billing, essentially turning water into a commodity. Customers are billed based on the ratio of the total area of the parcel to its impervious area; the more paved, hard surfaces a landowner has, the higher the bill. This PES approach creates a rebate for customers who install green stormwater infrastructure on private land.

Another PES approach cited in Lerner’s article is payment to customers who help mitigate stormwater runoff, instead of billing for the mitigation efforts provided by the municipality. The South Florida Management District’s Dispersed Water Management Plan pays cattle ranchers and other farmers to develop surface storage on their land, reducing the need for expensive measures like building dams or underground storage tanks.

These new PES approaches change the way people relate to their water system and have great promise to be successful role models across the nation.  Read more about the payment for ecosystem services concept and the different approaches being used around the country to change our economic and ecological paradigm.

A Clean River Attracts the Bass

Mike Iaconelli (credit: Alan McGuckin via CBS 3 Philadelphia)
Mike Iaconelli (credit: Alan McGuckin via CBS 3 Philadelphia)

From river testing to Bassmaster – the Delaware River is in the spotlight. Starting last Thursday, Philadelphia welcomed Bassmaster Elite to the banks of the Delaware. This nation-wide tournament, spanning four days, started off with 107 competitors – all competing for the grand prize check worth $100,000. By Saturday the competition cut down to 50, and finally, by Sunday only the top 12 remained.

PWD joins our fellow Philadelphians in sending our congratulations to this year’s winner Michael Laconelli. A Philly native, Laconelli has taken part in almost 200 tournaments in the last few years and has earned more than two million dollars in winnings.

“Bass fishing, professional and recreational, isn’t limited to rural areas or to places where true giant bass live. Philly is about as metropolitan as it gets. And yet, look at the crowds. At the same time, this tournament shows that metropolitan waters produce bass. Nine out of the 12 anglers caught limits today”, wrote Iaconelli on a blog.

Did you know that the Water Department monitors fish species in the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers? Click here to learn more about how PWD studies water quality by tracking the numerous aquatic species in our waterways.

Community Impact: Managing Water in Philadelphia

Penn State Public Media (PSPM), in collaboration with Fairmount Water Works   and The Penn State Center: Engaging Philadelphia is excited to announce a mini grant initiative, “Community Impact: Managing Water in Philadelphia.”
Request for Proposals
“Community Impact: Managing Water in Philadelphia”

Proposals Due by 5:00 p.m. EST, August 14, 2014

Grants made available with funding from the William Penn Foundation, will support projects within the Philadelphia region (Schuylkill and Delaware Watersheds) that combat water quality problems  using green infrastructure and which include an educational component.
Grants ranging from $500.00 to $2,000.00 will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. Projects may  include, but are not limited to, local stream restoration projects, community rain garden or rain barrel installation projects, and green infrastructure projects that are implemented in a K-12 (and post high-school) environment . For more information about the grants or to apply, please visit: http://waterblues.org/rfp

“Community Impact: Managing Water in Philadelphia” mini grants are a component of Water Blues, Green Solutions, a public service media initiative. The centerpiece of Water Blues is a nationally distributed public television documentary produced by PSPM  that premiered in 2013. The mini grants initiative will help extend the impact of Water Blues. More information about this national initiative is available at: http://www.waterblues.org/.
**Please feel free to share this information with anyone that might be interested in applying for a grant via newsletters or  social media.

For more information, please contact:
Lindsey Faussette
Manager, Project Implementation
Penn State Public Media

PWD Delaware River Dye Study

We know we’ve said it quite a few times already, but we’re going Green -literally! This week, don’t be surprised or worried to see green in portions of the Delaware River. 

The Water Quality Compliance Modeling group is conducting a dye study in the Delaware River as part of the validation process for a 3D hydrodynamic model. This model is a requirement of the Consent Order and Agreement between PA Department of Environmental Protection and PWD to reduce combined sewer overflows. The study will be conducted with Woods Hole Group, Inc., a world renowned oceanographic firm, and Professor Robert Chant of Rutgers University who has led similar studies in the Hudson River and other water bodies.  Monitoring will occur 24/7 over three days with crews tracking the dye plume over its fill extent during that period. The dye planned for this release is Fluorescein, a material that has low toxicity. 

Check out the video for more information on the dye study: https://vimeo.com/102168863

Free Screenings of the documentary Water Blues, Green Solutions

TTF has scheduled two free screenings of the documentary Water Blues, Green Solutions. This interactive film is designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future. Water Blues, Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities -- including Philadelphia -- that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water.

Produced by Penn State Public Media

Screening 1
Date: Wednesday, August 6
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: Juniata Golf Club, 1391 E Cayuga St., Philadelphia 19124
Contact: Julie Slavet julie@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

Screening 2
Date: Thursday, August 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: The Towers at Wyncote Clubhouse, 8440 Limekiln Pike, Wyncote 19095
Contact: Julie Slavet julie@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

Permeable Pavement Pilot Project Water-Pouring Toast

Following up Friday’s ribbon cutting was a water-pouring toast on Tuesday, July 22nd at the Southwest Water Pollution Control Plant. Six different types of permeable pavers were installed in the plant’s employee parking lot and will be monitored and tested to determine their roles for future projects around the city, including porous asphalt, several forms of pervious concrete and permeable paver products.  Joining the toast were Mayor Michael Nutter, Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, U.S. EPA’s Regional Director, Jon Capacasa, Councilman Mark Squilla and Councilman David Oh.

“Other than your bills, water is actually free anywhere so three cheers for the water department!” remarked Mayor Nutter.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrating Cardone Industries Stormwater Management Innovations

On Friday, July 18th, the Philadelphia Water Department took a trip to Cardone Industries for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the $3.4 million grant awarded to Cardone in 2013, as part of the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP). Cardone is a third generation family-owned business and it is one of the best manufacturers in Philadelphia, known to be environmental friendly because of remanufacturing.

Through the grant, there are five new stormwater management features to ensure that runoff from all areas of the property is managed, including a 530 foot swale and basins, both above and underground.  These features allow the 50-acre property to store five million gallons of rain water and help Cardone save an average of $250,000 per year in stormwater fees.

Numerous people joined PWD for the ribbon cutting. Special guests included Councilwoman Marian Tasco of the 9th district, Councilman Bobby Henon of the 6th district, Cardone Chief Executive Officer Kevin Cramton, Steve Jurash from the Manufacturer’s Alliance and Mike Cooper of the Commerce Department.