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Pssst: Tips for the 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Philly students: Do you care about protecting our drinking water and aquatic wildlife? Have artistic talent? Want to win prizes for yourself, your teachers and your school? The 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest is now underway, and the deadline for submissions has just been extended!...

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Get Your Gloves & Grabbers: Spring Watershed Cleanups Are Right Around the Corner!

Thursday, February 9, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Our first season of volunteer cleanups with local apparel company United By Blue was a huge success, and we're excited to start another round this spring. In 2016, nearly 1,000 volunteers joined PWD, United By Blue, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other partners at 15 clean ups to remove nearly 33 tons of trash from waterfront green spaces......

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10 Days Left to Apply for Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants

Monday, February 6, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The 2017 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Round is now open! The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the quality of water in the watershed—a watershed that provides millions of people with their daily drinking water and acts as a major economic generator......

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Don't Be a Member of the Lonely Yards Club: Start Planning a Rain Check Project This February

Thursday, February 2, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

For those Philly residents feeling the winter blues, Punxsutawney Phil didn't exactly bring hope and relief when he popped out of his den on Ground Hog Day and decided we're in for six more weeks of cold weather. But, before you resign and decide to join ol' Phil in another month-and-half of hibernation, let us offer you an optimistic antidote......

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RSVP Now to Join 10,000 Friends in Honoring Green City, Clean Waters

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The Philadelphia Water Department is thrilled to receive the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania's Excellence in Public Infrastructure Award in recognition of the success of the Green City, Clean Waters program. Commissioner Debra A. McCarty will accept the honor at the 2016 Commonwealth Awards......

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Thank You, MLK Day of Service Volunteers, for Helping Philly Rivers

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

While MLK Day doesn't have the same environmental focus as say, Earth Day, the fact is, a lot of the work being done in King's honor during today's Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service—an event being touted as the biggest MLK Day volunteer effort in the nation—will help Philly's rivers and creeks......

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PSA from Your Dog: Smart Deicing Tips to Protect the Environment and Pets

Thursday, January 5, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Did you know using too much salt and other ice-melting chemicals can hurt pet paws? Smart use of deicing products can also help minimize impacts on our watersheds. If you're the kind of person who thinks about the health of our urban watersheds, you've probably wondered if using too much salt on driveways and sidewalks can hurt Philly's rivers and creeks....

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