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Wanted: A Few Good Spokesdogs for Healthy Water

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Brian.R

For 2015, Fishtown and Washington Square West were selected as competing locales for the contest, which has been selecting a special pooch to spread the word about poo-lution since 2011. We’ll be accepting nominations for dogs from those neighborhoods through July 15. Guidelines and submission forms are available here. The Spokesdog program is held annually with the help of our friends at the Part...

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Pew Center Gives $300K to Shine Light on Secret River Heroes

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Brian.R

Celebrating their 10th year of grant making in Philadelphia, the Center announced its 2015 recipients on June 16. We at Philadelphia Water are thrilled to see the Water Works counted among our region’s exemplary artists and cultural institutions and look forward to the expanded environmental education efforts made possible through this grant....

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Change Your Life, Help Protect Our Water: Apply for PowerCorpsPHL Now

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Brian.R

The social, environmental and economic benefits we get out of having and maintaining the green infrastructure that makes up Green City, Clean Waters are a big part of why Philadelphia is taking the green approach to solving stormwater challenges. It’s what we call our “triple bottom line.”...

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The Clean Water Rule: What Does It Mean for Philly?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  |  Brian.R

The Clean Water Rule, officially adopted at the end of May and formalized by President Obama, clarifies what waterways fall under the protection of the federal Clean Water Act and came as result of an extensive public input process organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

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Green Tools: Six Ways They Can Make a Climate Changed-Future a Little Less Scary

Friday, June 12, 2015  |  Brian.R

The EPA graphic focuses on urban areas and paints a grim picture of the future awaiting cities as the effects of climate change intensify in the coming decades. Considering the already staggering cost of flooding events stemming from super-storms like Hurricane Sandy, the projection of a 30 percent increase in annual flood costs is especially troubling....

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Beer Geeks: How They're Improving Our Water

Friday, May 29, 2015  |  Brian.R

I came of drinking age during a time when now-extinct macrobrewers like Schmidt’s Brewery and Ortlieb Brewing in Northern Liberties ruled local taprooms. It was also a time when our tap water was derisively called “Chlorine Cocktail” or “Schuylkill Punch” (incidentally, now the name of a brew offered by Manayunk Brewing Co.)....

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DC Reminds Us: The 'Why' Behind Green City, Clean Waters

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  Brian.R

We couldn't help but notice all the buzz down in Washington this week as they made the case for green to residents and unveiled revised stormwater plans relying heavily on green infrastructure. We congratulate DC Water on a big step in the right the right direction! Their debut also reminded us of our Green City, Clean Waters rollout way back in 2011, and got us thinking about the "why" behind gre...

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Tonight: Tapping Our Watershed at National Mechanics

Monday, May 18, 2015  |  Brian.R

It’d be a stretch to call Christopher Crockett the grandfather of source water protection in Philadelphia (that title goes to whoever had the bright idea to create Fairmount Park). However, he is the founder of Philadelphia Water’s Source Water Protection Program, a fact that makes him an especially interesting guest speaker for tonight’s Tapping Our Watershed event at National Mechanics in Old Ci...

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Do You Know What's Happening at Venice Island?

Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  Brian.R

While we were working with Mural Arts to install artist Eurhi Jones’ Waterways, a 10-block string of colorful steppingstones in Manayunk, our public engagement team took the time to do an informal survey of people passing through the neighborhood....

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