Tree Philly offers Free Trees in Eastwick!

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) is pleased to partner with Tree Philly in the annual spring yard tree giveawayWe’ll join partners and friends on Saturday, April 11 at the Eastwick Recreation Center in southwest Philadelphia to help distribute and talk about trees!

TreePhilly_PPR_vertical_transparentDate: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (walk-ins accepted through 4:30 pm, while supplies last)
Location: Eastwick Recreation Center
80th Street and Mars Place, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Now through April 1, Philadelphia residents can register for up to two free trees to plant in a yard or lawn on private property. Several species are available this spring, ranging from short and tall shade trees, to beautiful and tasty fruit trees! See the full species list and get detailed information here.

Trees are a vital part of the Eastwick community. We know they beautify our parks, shade lawns, and enhance sidewalks in our neighborhoods. But they also do so much more. When properly planted and cared for, they can promote human health, increase air quality, soak up stormwater, save energy, reduce costs to taxpayers—and sometimes simply provide a much-needed place of solace in a bustling urban center!

Pre-register on the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation website, now through April 1, and select your choice of tree species. Note: there are 3 events in April, each with a different date and location – register carefully for your preferred spot. EFNC will be at the Eastwick Rec Center on April 11.

When you pick-up your trees, you’ll also receive a free bag of mulch, educational materials and information on how to plant and care for tree.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted at the end of the event, while supplies last.  We hope to see you there!

Stormwater Info, Insights and Outreach – Program Meeting on February 24

Stormwater – A Resource to be Harnessed? Or a Destructive Threat?

Attend this Stormwater Training program to learn causes and harms of increasing stormwater runoff – flooding, flood damage, pollution and erosion. Hear what residents, townships, and developers can do to prevent stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff has been a major issue of the Darby Creek for many years, impacting communities from Radnor Township downstream to Eastwick and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Philadelphia.


Flood emergency. (Stock photo).

Now is an important time for Eastwick residents and stakeholders to learn about stormwater, so that we can make informed decisions about critical community issues.

At this insightful program meeting, Dr. Steve Souza, President of Princeton Hydro Engineering firm and a leading expert in the field, will talk about the causes and effective solutions for stormwater, erosion and associated pollution. Participants will have opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversations.

Stormwater affects everyone. Come and find out how you can help make a difference. Together we can protect and preserve our communities for years to come!

Stormwater Program Meeting details:
Date:  February 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm doors open, session begins 6:45 pm.
Location:  John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19153

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) is pleased to co-sponsor this program, partnering with Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  We encourage all in the Eastwick community to attend, gain information and insights about the issue, and connect with your neighbors.

Community Engaged in Clearview Landfill Cleanup Process

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) remains committed to informing, engaging and involving Eastwick residents and stakeholders in the Clearview Landfill cleanup process. EFNC pledges to be active in a Community Advisory Group (CAG), and convey information to and from the EPA to the Eastwick community. Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the official Record of Decision (ROD) for the Clearview Landfill, on September 29, 2014, community engagement has been building.

EFNC urges all Eastwick residents, stakeholders and interested persons to sign-up to receive email updates directly from the EPA about Clearview Landfill. Click on the EPA website link, and enter your email address (name is optional) in the box in lower right corner of the page.  This email communication is a valuable way for the EPA to communicate status updates to Eastwick. Additional communication tools may also be established, including an 800-number and other contacts.

Please note the below email update provided from Josh Barber, EPA Remedial Project Manager, on November 25, 2014:

This is a brief update regarding ongoing activities at the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site (LDCA). We plan to provide email updates to the community on a monthly basis or sooner if a significant event occurs between updates. Please be advised that Superfund cleanups are a very lengthy process and there may not be significant changes in some of the monthly updates.

LDCA is made up of 3 Operable Units (OU) and updates will include information on each OU.

For Operable Unit 1, (OU1) (Clearview Landfill Soils and Waste), EPA has issued the Statement of Work to the contractor, Tetra Tech, that will be implementing the Remedial Design (RD). Over the next several weeks, Tetra Tech will be developing the work plan for EPA that will lay out the steps for implementing the Pre-Design Investigation (PDI) and RD. Field work for the PDI should hopefully begin in the spring of 2015.

The contract that hires a neutral facilitator for establishing the Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been awarded. Funding for this work came from EPA Headquarters. The contractor, ReSource Associates, will start work under the contract on December 1, 2014. Initial support activities for the CAG establishment from ReSource Associates will include developing an approach, and timeframe for establishing a CAG for the LDCA Superfund site community most affected by Superfund cleanup activities, and whose needs are not currently met by other NGOs or community organizations. More information will be available from ReSource Associates once their contract starts and they can begin to talk with EPA, community members and other interested stakeholders.

For Operable Unit 2, (OU2) (Folcroft Landfill), the potential responsible parties (PRPs) have been conducting a groundwater investigation since early 2012 to determine the extent of contaminated groundwater associated with Folcroft. A report summarizing the findings of the groundwater investigation should be submitted to EPA for review before the end of 2015. EPA is also conducting a baseline human and ecologic risk assessment of the aquatic environment around Folcroft Landfill and the larger LDCA site. Additional sediment sampling was conducted in September 2014. Results from those samples are just starting to come in to EPA and will be combined with previous sample data that has been collected by EPA. This information will be used to develop the baseline aquatic risk assessment report throughout 2015.

For Operable Unit 3, (OU3) (Clearview Landfill Groundwater), as part of the ongoing Remedial Investigation (RI), EPA will be conducting the second round of comprehensive groundwater sampling starting on December 1, 2014. Samples will be collected from the extensive network of shallow and deep monitoring wells surrounding the Landfill and encompassing the area of contaminated groundwater. Results from this sampling will be used to further refine EPA’s understanding of the groundwater contamination and begin development of the RI risk assessment.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or suggestions on how we can continue to increase communications with the community.

Wishing you and your families a safe and happy holiday season,

Josh and Larry

Josh Barber (3HS21)
Remedial Project Manager, Eastern PA Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: 215.814.3393
Fax: 215.814.3025

Larry A. Brown
Community Involvement Coordinator
Superfund Community Involvement and Outreach Branch
U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch St. (3HS52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Office: 215-814-5527
fax: 215-814-3015

“Water Blues, Green Solutions” – Watch the Movie, Join the Discussion on December 6, 2014

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) is very interested in sustainable solutions to chronic, widespread flooding in the Eastwick community of southwest Philadelphia. Join us in attending the “Water Blues, Green Solutions” workshop sponsored by PA Sea Grant, to watch the documentary movie, view Eastwick flood maps, and discuss creative green solutions for our community.

Water Blues, Green Solutions Workshop:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:30 am – 11:30 am
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19153
(Click here to download Water Blues-Green Solutions Workshop Flyer PDF.)

Light breakfast and refreshments provided to all attendees.

Workshop program is FREE.  Registration is required. RSVP directly to Jaclyn Rhoads, PA Sea Grant.
Email, or call 267-221-5274.



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