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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.

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

Water Blues, Green Solutions Airing on WHYY

Tune into WHYY at 1:30pm this Sunday to catch the Water Blues, Green Solutions film by PennState! This film takes you through a journey across Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio, and the Bronx to explore what different cities and communities are doing to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water. Get an in depth look at how cities are utilizing a green infrastructure approach to tackle their water blues.

To find more information about the film, visit the Water Blues, Green Solutions webpage.

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