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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is New Member in the Water Museum Global Network

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is now an official 2024 member of the Global Water Museum Network (WAMU-NET), a flagship initiative of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Program).  The goal of WAMU-NET is to promote a “new culture of water”, re-connecting individuals with all forms of water heritage by highlighting the natural, social, cultural, artistic and […]

Flooding in Philadelphia

Flooding is nothing new for Fairmount Water Works. Since the building was first constructed more than 200 years ago, several severe floods have affected the space, including Tropical Storm Hurricane Agnes, which is recognized as Pennsylvania’s worst natural disaster. Flooding from Agnes ultimately closed Kelly Pool, which had been functioning as a desegregated pool under […]

With “Think Outside the Box” Kits, FWW Expands Watershed Education Curriculum to Hundreds of Philadelphia Students

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Fairmount Water Works is expanding their award-winning Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum with more than 800 hundred hands-on, take-home kits cleverly called “Think Outside The Box”. The curriculum focuses on learning about watersheds and the region’s Green Infrastructure. The kits help teachers respond to the need to shift to virtual classrooms from full-time in-person learning due to Covid-19, and inspire […]

Campers Test Water Cycle Know-How in FWW’s Summer Challenge

Have you ever thought about the journey of a single water drop? Well, that was the challenge youth attending Philadelphia Parks & Recreation summer camps accepted from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. Campers were instructed to make a water drop puppet, decorate the character, and give it personality. Participants then created a story about […]

Blog Post: Mussel Hatchery Update

A Scientist’s Perspective On The Mussel and Host-Fish Experience In the Laboratory By Lance Butler (Aquatic Scientist, Philadelphia Water Department) Most larval species of freshwater mussels (glochidia) rely on host fish to transform into juveniles and to disperse into new habitats. In many cases, this relationship is unique, because a certain species of mussel may […]

Delaware River Watershed Fellowship Opportunities (Summer 2017)

Experience the Delaware River Watershed like never before: become a Delaware River Watershed Fellow at one of 23 regional environmental centers this summer. What is a Delaware River Watershed Fellowship? A Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a paid 12-week internship from June through August. Fellows work 35-40 hours a week at one of 23 environmental […]

Ellen Schultz Recognized by School District of Philadelphia

On Tuesday, June 28, the School District of Philadelphia celebrated the release of GreenFutures, the District’s first ever sustainability plan. Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Hite, Office of Sustainability Director Christine Knapp, EPA Region III Administrator Sean Garvin, and a host of community members were on hand at the Philadelphia Zoo to thank and acknowledge all of […]