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All posts tagged: Local Ecology

blog entries tagged "Local Ecology"

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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Start a Conversation About Protecting Water: Add Wildlife Markers to Your Block

Thursday, June 1, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Adding our storm drain markers—each with a unique type of aquatic wildlife depending on your watershed—to your block can start a conversation with neighbors about how communities can protect local waterways. Many people don't realize that what goes down storm drains can harm local animals like otters, turtles, herons, endangered fish and more......

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Adopters Welcome New Green to Roxborough

Monday, April 10, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The members of the Friends of Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve seen here held a cleanup and planted wildflower meadow seed mix at a green stormwater swale located along Summit Avenue in Roxborough. The group maintains the site with support from a mini-grant provided through our Soak It Up Adoption program......

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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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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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