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Wildlife and water quality in Philadelphia's seven watersheds.

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Happy #WorldTurtleDay, Philly!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  Brian Rademaekers

The American Tortoise Rescue organization has hosted this special day all about our shelled friends for the last 17 years to help people “celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.” That mission strikes a cord with us because we often see (and occasionally interact with) turtles in our daily efforts to protect and improve Philadelphia waterways...

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Submersible Science: Philly Students Launch Underwater Drone with PWD

Thursday, June 15, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

While most Philadelphia students were heading home early due a heat wave this past Tuesday, four 11th grade students from Mariana Bracetti Academy were busy suiting up in full-body chest waders, a necessary piece of gear for the mission at hand: launching a submersible, camera-equipped drone in Frankford Creek....

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Philly Science Fest Highlights Overlooked STEM-Water Relationship

Friday, April 7, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

When you turn on the tap for a fresh glass of Philadelphia water, do you think about all the scientists and engineers who make this daily convenience possible? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. But the fact is, science and engineering are a big part of the work we do at the Philadelphia Water Department every day......

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World Wildlife Day: Celebrate (and Protect) Philly Watersheds

Friday, March 3, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Happy World Wildlife Day Philly! We are celebrating Philadelphia's rivers and creeks—which are healthier today than they were even a generation ago—and what that means for the incredible diversity of aquatic wildlife found within them. The investments we're making in Philly neighborhoods through Green City, Clean Waters will make places like the Delaware River and Cobbs Creek even better......

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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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