Cleaning The Estuary, One Bottle Cap At A Time

 

Two volunteers with the nonprofit Living Lands and Water participate in an August cleaning of the Delaware River, which collected some 16 tons of garbage

Two volunteers with the nonprofit Living Lands and Water participate in an August cleaning of the Delaware River, which collected some 16 tons of garbage

  • Since 2007 two small Philadelphia Water Department boats have circuited a more than 32-mile section of the Delaware Estuary, five days a week, eight months a year, collecting the rubbish that floats by. A contributing member of the Schuylkill Action Network, PWD says it has gleaned upwards of 48 million tons of garbage—mostly plastic—from the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers in that time. And while Tammy Becker, programs manager for the national nonprofit Living Lands and Water, after helping with a Delaware River cleanup this summer, called the Philadelphia-Camden section “one of the worst places we’ve worked at,” she assures us that Philadelphia, with its pair of diminutive and beleaguered trash boats, nevertheless “has taken some really progressive steps to get it under control.”
  • Mere days before reaching a full year without a single update on the rollout of its new fare payment technology, SEPTA announced yesterday that its Key will probably arrive around New Year’s. (Its ancillary function as a MasterCard debit card is definitely another year off.) Philly mag shares project manager Kevin O’Brien’s explanations for the delay: design and software development related to the smart card’s reloading, as well as contingency plans for network failure.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



1 Comment


  1. What a job, picking up trash out of the river, and it’s all because of inconsiderate people.

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

April 20, 2018  |  News

Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church, a mountainous 131-year-old Gothic Revival landmark in West Philly, prepares for the end. Michael Bixler has the news > more

Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

Ghosts Of The Abandoned Arch Street Subway Line

April 18, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us into the abandoned subway tunnels below Arch Street with the history behind Philly's unfinished plans for a grand underground transit system > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

Unlisted Philadelphia: Tourison Building

April 17, 2018  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, an Art Deco delight fills the heart of Mount Airy > more

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

April 13, 2018  |  News

When the housing bubble burst and the recession hit in 2007, plans to convert Creswell Iron Works on Cherry Street into apartments tanked. The quaint collection of industrial buildings is now headed for demolition. Michael Bixler has the details > more

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

April 11, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia, News

Old stone home in Frankford with ties to the Declaration of Independence goes up for auction at a sherif sale in May. Harry K. has the news and history behind this threatened national landmark > more

Time Travel At Trader Joe's Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

Time Travel At Trader Joe’s Reveals Tuxedos & Snazzy Shoes

April 9, 2018  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow makes a run to Trader Joe's where fine footwear and totally awesome 1980s tuxedos kept things classy at 2121 Market Street > more