The Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia office is one of the largest regional offices in the country. Here's what they haven't been doing since the year began -- and why workers say stopping EPA operations is a threat to public health and safety.
A report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said the health of the bay decreased one point to 33 last year, earning it the equivalent of a D+, mostly because of heavy rains that swept in nitrogen and phosphorous from runoff. Water clarity also took a hit.
Philadelphia residents have the option of recycling their Christmas trees rather than just hauling them to the curb where they'll be disposed of as regular trash. Last year, residents recycled nearly 6.5 tons.
It took four separate days using water department staff and volunteers, but the crew cleaned up the amount of trash equivalent to that produced by 32,700 city households each dumping a 15-pound bag of garbage along Falls Road.