NewsletterWater Exchange, the Water Center at Penn’s quarterly newsletter, explores why and how water matters from a wide variety of perspectives to help readers gain new insights and consider new ways of thinking when approaching their own water challenges.
Water Exchange Newsletter
Issue 9, April 2022
Securing the Promises of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Plan
By Ellen Kohler
The City of Philadelphia adopted the Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW) plan in 2011 under the Clean Water Act to reduce pollution resulting from combined sewer overflows. The problem: large storms result in untreated sewage being directed to the rivers around Philadelphia including the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River, Cobbs....
Still Waters Run Deep – The Path of a Penn Urban Explorer Dedicated to Supporting Inclusive and Thriving Communities
By Seema Thomas
I arrived at Penn to study engineering, but over time I unintentionally evolved into an urban explorer looking at every dimension of urban life through the lens of Philadelphia. As an undergraduate, I was excited to be living in the fifth largest city at the time in the United States, intentionally chosen by me for its size, scale, diversity....
Philadelphia: Urban Ecology and the Balance of Human and Ecological Communities
By Jessie Buckner
Oftentimes ecologists struggle to balance the needs of ecological communities (plants, wildlife, water, soil, air) and human communities (humans and their constructed environments) without recognizing the critical role of humans in the current landscape. Simultaneously, human communities...
Urban Vegetation Community-Based Participatory Research (UrbVeg CBPR) in Cobbs Creek Park
By Dr. Jane E Heinemann Dmochowski
Cobbs Creek Park, an 851 acre park managed by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is a green refuge between the suburban neighborhoods of East Lansdown, Yeadon and Darby to the west and the urban Philadelphia neighborhoods of Cobbs Creek and Kingsessing to the east. It is part of the Cobbs Creek Watershed surrounding Cobbs Creek, a tributary of Darby Creek, which extends.....
Sharing a Raindrop
By Chris McClurg Master of Environmental Science Student, University of Pennsylvania Webmaster, PennClubH20 On my first week of graduate school Hurricane Ida rolled through Philadelphia. I wasn’t looking for a sign that I made the right decision changing careers,...