$58,000 to stem the flow in NE Philly

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At a presentation are (from left) Drew Becher, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Julie Slavet, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership; Barbara McCabe, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; William C. Early, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (EPA photo)

I can't think of an urban stream that doesn't have flooding problems.

Earlier this week, the situation got a little sunnier for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed in Northeast Philadelphia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $58,000 in grants from its urban waters program to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 10 "green infrastructure" projects -- such as rain gardens and other projects to hold back the gush of stormwater and keep it from flooding streams.

Officials are short on details, except that one will help prevent flooding and restore the section of the Tacony Creek behind Friends Hospital on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Other tactics to be funded by the money include training, outreach and education, group presentations and the development of on-line resources.

The idea is to link community priorities -- neighborhood beautification, improved recreational amenities, crime reduction, employment and the like -- with environmental improvements. The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed includes neighborhoods in North, Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia, and parts of Montgomery County.

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