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.
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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.

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

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