May’s New Adventures and Rewards


This May is a busy one for the Riverguides, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. With the public docks and boat-launches now open for the season, we are back on the river! Each day, we’re getting more familiar with the boats and the different conditions the river can throw at us. We’ve recently been practicing rowing against currents, building our teamwork skills for rowing all together, and re-learning our boat-handling skills. By the end of May, we expect to be routinely taking samples from the river and collecting data on all of them for our plastic pollution investigations.

This weekend the Riverguides went for a weekend-long kayaking and camping trip with the Poconos Environmental Education Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! There, they got to learn about a completely different and unfamiliar section of the same Delaware River, and compare it to the one they already know.

Finally, we have a giant shout out to the 4 winners of Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s (TTF) annual Youth Champions Award ­­– our very own Casey Harkins, Julisa Pantojas, Cashmere Williams, and Jason Herndon! Casey, Cashmere, and Jason all contributed to PWBF’s work with TTF teaching the public about stormwater management issues in Philadelphia, and helped Frankford High School establish a compost on school grounds to minimize food trash going into the school’s waste stream. Julisa is being honored for her enthusiastic and creative contributions to PWBF’s research into plastic pollution in the Delaware River watershed. At one of our workshops she displayed such a deep knowledge about how plastic pollution enters the Delaware River and how it can affect that ecosystem that her audiences were inspired to change their own behavior and asked how they could help us in our work. Great job, all – people really do notice your work and are inspired by it!

TTF’s Youth Champions Award winners Casey, Julisa, Cashmere, and Jason. (Photo credit: Emilie Wetzel, TTF)