The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership was launched in 2000 by the Philadelphia Water Department in an effort to connect diverse stakeholders such 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 Stormwater Permit Program (MS4). Today, they work with their upstream Montgomery County partners — Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield — to improve local waterways through education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy.
The words Tookany and Tacony come from the native Lenape word tèkëne, meaning woods or wilderness. The creek begins in Montgomery County, where the main stem is called the Tookany. When the creek passes into Philadelphia the name changes to Tacony. The Tacony Creek becomes the Frankford Creek in Juniata Park, where it forms the Frankford Creek, which meets the Delaware River south of the Betsy Ross bridge. Frankford Creek was named for the village of Frankford, which was established by the Quakers in about 1682 and became part of the city of Philadelphia in 1854. The founders of TTF wanted to make sure that all residents of the watershed identified with the organization no matter where they lived within its 30 miles.
Julie Slavet, who has worked for TTF since 2011, previously served as the senior district staff member for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, leading constituent services and outreach efforts in a district of 650,000 people in Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. Julie has worked at city and state levels of government and for a range of non-profit organizations.
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