On June 4th, over 40 citizens came together at Abington Friends School for the introductory meeting of the streamkeepers. These citizens will be trained to monitor the Tookany and Pennypack watersheds, as well as teach others through their experience.
A diverse set of attendees filled the room such as citizens, educators, and members of environmental advocacy groups. For more details on this streamkeeper effort contact Alex Cooper of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org/215.744.8153.
This effort is part of larger upstream suburban Philadelphia citizen stream monitoring initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation. Similar streamkeeper programs are underway in the Darby-Cobbs, Wissahickon, and Poquessing Watersheds. The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is providing program training and technical support, with additional scientific support coming from the the Academy of Natural Sciences and Stroud Research Center.
Citizen streamkeepers will collect valuable data on stream health, come away with a better understanding of their watershed, and will be more empowered to promote actions that improve watershed health.
For more information on the overall upstream suburban Philadelphia citizen monitoring program contact Stephanie Figary at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, email@example.com/215-646-8866.
Photos and Content Courtesy of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Inc.