Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership

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Neighbors and Stewards of the Watershed

  • In 2000, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) launched the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), a groundbreaking effort to connect diverse stakeholders as neighbors and stewards of the watershed. The partnership was integral in developing the TTF Integrated Watershed Management Plan, a blueprint for restoring this urban stream into a community asset while addressing the mandated requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and the federal Stormwater Permit Program (MS4). (MORE Organizational History)

Geographical History

  • Prior to European settlement in the 1600s, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed, like the rest of the Philadelphia area, was inhabited by Native Americans of the Lenape tribe. Swedes and Finns traveling up the Delaware River were the first European inhabitants of the Tacony Creek Valley, while Germans fleeing religious persecution settled in the western portion of the watershed in what is now Germantown. (MORE Geographical History & Today's Challenges)

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