Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed

The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed is full of vibrant neighborhoods and vast potential, and its distinct physical character lends opportunities for social and ecological improvement. Waterways and underground infrastructure stitch together many diverse communities in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Color aerial image of a small river or creek surrounded by trees with rolling hills and houses in the distance

All neighborhoods in this watershed drain to the creek, making it important for people to share responsibility for its health and work together to manage stormwater. Several demonstration projects using green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff have already become sources of community pride.

Given the wide range of demographics within the watershed, one could imagine the creek serving as a meeting place for relaxation, recreation, inspiration, and community connection. In addition, numerous existing core trails within the watershed and along the creek have inspired municipalities to explore plans to connect these trails into a cohesive network; this would become a common thread among the watershed’s neighborhoods.

Implementing strategic changes, restoring the creek environment, and committing to responsible stewardship will improve water quality and habitat while progressing toward realizing the watershed’s exciting, inherent potential.

Watershed Fast Facts


Drains approximately 33 square miles

Stream Miles

Approximately 32 linear miles


Approximately 360,000 residents

Impervious Cover

Approximately 48% impervious


Encompasses areas of Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, with all or parts of five municipalities, including Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield.

Help protect your watershed!

Aquatic wildlife markers are an easy way to remind your neighborhood to keep trash and chemicals out of drains.

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