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Calling Changemakers: Follow this AmeriCorps VISTA's Lead

Friday, March 23, 2018  |  Sam Boden

by Sam Boden, current VISTA | I jumped into my AmeriCorps VISTA service year with no idea what to expect. Even though I was provided with a project description and ample training from the city and CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service), I wondered how I would make an impact while working for a municipal water utility....

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Wanted: West Phila. Students for Watershed Stewardship Training

Monday, March 5, 2018  |  Brian Rademaekers

In a recent talk hosted by the TTF Watershed Partnership, acclaimed author Richard Louv urged Philadelphia parents to make sure their kids are getting enough “Vitamin N”—as in nature. Thanks to the new Philadelphia Watershed Stewardship program, West Philadelphia youth can get a healthy dose of nature along with valuable life and career skills. There’s even a stipend to sweeten the pot....

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1,000 Greened Acres (So Far): It Took a City

Monday, October 30, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

As we've seen over the last six years, to really transform Philadelphia's landscape on a scale that's big enough to have a real impact on our rivers, it takes more than just Water Department crews and contractors building rain gardens. In fact, it takes a whole city working together, not to mention supportive partners......

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CHOP Gets Recognition for Leading with River-Protecting Green Design

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

When leadership at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to create a brand-new, centralized facility for pediatric care, their primary concern was easing the stress young patients and their families often face while undergoing treatment. Today, that vision is recognized at the 12-story Buerger Center, a colorful University City building that opened in 2015......

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So Many Ways to Keep Cool in Philadelphia: Opening Hydrants? Not One of Them

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

In Philadelphia, we're lucky to have more pools and spray grounds per resident than any other city in the U.S. Because we have all those great, free places to cool off, there's no reason to open fire hydrants when the weather gets hot or risk swimming in our unpredictable rivers, where drowning is always a risk. Opening hydrants can cause a number of dangerous situations......

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With help from Residents, Point Breeze Vacant Lot Is Becoming a River-Protecting Green Space

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Members of the Philadelphia Water Department's Public Engagement team joined the local non-profit Diversified Community Services and area block captains on June 10 to clean the publicly-owned lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street—the future home of a rain garden that will soak up stormwater and bring regular maintenance to the site through Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program....

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Love Your Park: Celebrate the Green Spaces Protecting Your Water

Friday, May 12, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

From the very beginning, the Fairmount Park system has been an important tool for protecting Philadelphia's rivers and streams, and to read the history of our park system is to read a story of city planners striving to create natural buffers to protect rivers and streams from industry and development.....

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