Area environmental centers are teaming up to help restore the Delaware Watershed

John McDevitt
August 16, 2019 - 7:22 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 20 environmental education centers in the region are joining forces to protect and restore the Delaware River Watershed. Public outreach projects are being shared among the centers.

This year’s 23 fellows of the Alliance for Watershed Education of Delaware River presented their projects at the Discovery Center in Fairmount Park.

"So, this is supposed to represent three Camden City row homes. The first house has no rainwater mitigation, the second house has rain water mitigation through a rain barrel and the third house has rain water mitigation through the garden," explained Taylor Melodick Robinson with the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust at Petty's Island. 

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She was pouring water above model houses. Her partner Ivana Quinones of the Camden County Environmental center tells us what the goal of the demonstration is.

“To show residents that it’s a do-able thing to put rain mitigation within their home,” she said. “So that way they can prevent the streets from flooding and when the streets flood it picks up trash or oil or whatever is on the impervious surfaces and eventually lands in the Delaware River, which is where we get our drinking water."

Their project is put on wheels and carted along the Camden waterfront educating the public about the benefits of rainwater collection and programs to get free barrels.

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Fellows got about a $1,000 to research and create their project.

The program is supported by The William Penn Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region.