Sing to the Wissahickon!

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In honor of World Water Day Philadelphia PA IPL member Ellen Weaver invites friends to come celebrate Water and sing to the Wissahickon, and for all the earth’s rivers (and water).

The group will meet near the Valley Green parking lot. RSVP for the specific location.

Expect some chanting and toning, some water songs (bring a favorite camp song about rivers or water if you have one), along with prayers and blessings and thanks, and some freestyle melodies without words.

Please join us and include your voice.  Friends are welcome!

March newsletter: Spring showers

Water flows from high in the mountains.
Water runs deep in the Earth.
Miraculously, water comes to us,
and sustains all life.
                            —Thich Nhat Hanh

Springtime is a watery time – whether spring showers, snow melt rushing into brooks, streams and rivers, fresh dew on newly plowed fields, or puddles in winter’s potholes.  We celebrate spring – arriving March 20th this year, as the vernal equinox – with these notes about Water. Continue reading March newsletter: Spring showers

Philadelphia Water Department working with houses of worship

This blog post features a recent project and grants initiative from the Philadelphia Water Department, but stormwater is an issue across the state, particularly as rainfall events become more intense.  Many of our cities have combined sewer outflow.  Torrential rain events lead to boil water advisories in Pittsburgh many times each year, and they also have green infrastructure plans.  Ask your local water department about stormwater abatement, click through to some how-tos below, and check out this LWV newsletter about several projects, including at member congregation Grace Lutheran Church in State College.  Document your changes so you can tell the story in your congregation, share it with us, and even submit it to the national IPL Cool Congregations Challenge (for activity completed in one calendar year), or get certified through the National Wildlife Federation under their Sacred Grounds certification program. 

As the world gets warmer, cities will increasingly suffer from extreme heat events. The hard construction materials used to build cities soak up heat, causing an “urban heat-island effect.” Building new green spaces is one of the best ways to fight the worsening heat in cities.

The Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters plan is a 25-year effort to manage stormwater in the city by building new green “tools” around the city. These tools include specially engineered trees, rain gardens, and planters. While the first priority of Green City, Clean Waters is to manage stormwater, new urban green spaces have a heat-reduction effect. Keep reading to learn about a church Continue reading Philadelphia Water Department working with houses of worship