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.

Happy Birthday, Green City, Clean Waters!

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No matter how many times we explain to the bakery at the Acme that we want a cake shaped like a stormwater bumpout that reads "Happy First Anniversary of the Consent Agreement, Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan Update," they just seem confused. Even our graphics guy is phoning it in. (Another baby animal photo? Really?). Anyway, it was a year ago today that the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officially kicked off Green City, Clean Waters, the 25-year, $2 billion plan to manage Philadelphia's stormwater largely through green infrastructure. The progress we've made in the first year is splashed all over this blog and website, and green stormwater management projects are starting to become visible all over the city. Stay tuned for approximately 24 more years of Green City, Clean Waters working toward making Philadelphia the greenest city in America.

TTF Thursday: Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony

On Thursday May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will be hosting the first Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony and Reception at the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center. The event will honor individuals and organizations who have mad a difference in the TTF watershed, PWD commissioner Howard Neukrug will be a featured speaker, and there will be a silent auction.

Reserve your spot at the awards ceremony.

The Philly 500: City Begins Speeding Toward 500 New Green Acres by 2015

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Last week, Mayor Nutter and city officials gathered with students and neighbors at William Dick Elementary School in North Philadelphia to kick off the Green 2015 Action Plan, an ambitious initiative to add 500 new acres of parkland. The news outlets tell the story:

Philadelphia Inquirer:

The partnership, which includes the Philadelphia Water Department, the city Department of Parks and Recreation, the Trust for Public Land, and the Mural Arts Program, hopes to locate at least a patch of parkland — grass, trees, perhaps a few park benches  — within a 10-minute walk of anywhere in the city.

Philadelphia Daily News:

The announcement kicks off the next phase of the “Green 2015” plan that “de-paves” many of these acres of concrete and green them. The benefits are numerous and long-term: a healthier population, and a more environmentally sound and beautiful city. The plan relies heavily on community input, and de-paving, greening and overseeing these new green spaces can actually help build community.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

"Today, a wide-reaching vision to link Philadelphia's young people to an outdoors environment is unveiled," [DCNR Deputy Secretary John] Giordano said at the school event. "And this vision hits the triple bottom line: improving environmental quality, neighborhood economic value, and the community's social fabric."

ABC 6:

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