February 24, 2017

The survey completed for the month of February occurred on a partly clouded day with an average temperature of 62 degrees.  Through the past week there had been no precipitation. The survey completed last year on February 19, 2016 had an average temperature of 40 degrees and it had precipitated .56 inches three days earlier.

The average RTA score for this survey was 2.22. The average score for last year’s survey was higher with the average score being 3.18.  In the most recent survey taken C, D, and K received the highest scores, K received a 5 while C and D were scored as 4’s.  Last year’s survey recorded RTA zones K and V as 5’s. Last year C received a score of 3 three while zone D again received a 4.

Zone K and L remain significantly littered.

The average clog rate for this month was 1.5 and in total there was 242 pieces of litter recorded . The average clog rate for February, 2016 was an average rate of 1.8 with  294 pieces of litter recorded.

Sewer inlet 192798, located at the bottom of the hill of Rising Sun Avenue, remains heavily clogged and has become even more clogged than when it was surveyed a month ago.

The drain next to it was also one of the most clogged inlets recorded in this survey.

The waypoint 7 located in the Rising Sun Plaza parking lot had large piles snow and salt to melt the snow located near and on top of the inlet.

January 13, 2017

This survey took place on a warm day during a week with an average temperature of 40 degrees. The last precipitation was 0.37 inches of rain two days prior (1/11/2017). Last years survey (1/13/2016) took place on a 29 degree day with its previous precipitation being 0.63 inches of rain three days prior (1/10/2017).

 

This survey’s RTA zone score was 2.68, with last years being a little higher at 3.05. RTA zones A, B, K, L, and V all received scores of 5, while in January 2016 their respective scores were 4,4, 5, 4, and 5.

Zone B in front of the Little Caesars, continues to collect trash on the bank leading to the parking lot. The brake calipers from November 11th, 2016 are still there. 

Zones K and L, on the south-east side of Rising Sun Avenue featured a massive collection of garbage along the fence line and blown into the field through the gap in the fence.

Zone V, on the other side of the street has a correspondingly high amount of plastic bottles, metal cans, and general garbage pieces.

 

The average clog rate for inlets was 1.66 compared to January 2016 rate of 2. 176 total pieces were observed in this survey in comparison to 242 the year before. The worst inlets in this survey were at the bottom of Rising Sun Avenue, which is consistent with past surveys. 12978 featured nearly full clogging by an amalgamation of mud, leaves, and trash:

 

Inlet 127512 slightly up the hill towards Adams featured a similar phenomenon:

Consistent with past surveys, all the inlets in the PHA neighborhood had little to no clogging, with nothing more than leaves and a rare bottle being visible in the inlets.

During this survey we observed a short dump on the sidewalk of Adams Avenue in front of RTA Zone O:

November 11th, 2016

The weather leading up to this survey was mellow with a slow decline in temperature accompanying mild wind and cloud cover. The average temperature was 60 degrees, and the last precipitation took place two days ago (11/9) with 0.38 inches of rain.  This survey is marked by a large amount of leaf clogging, as the season is actively changing from fall to winter.

This week the RTA average is at 2.18. The most littered RTA zones were B, C, D, and K. RTA zone K, at the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun Avenue received a 4 as it has a large amount of trash that has blown through the gap in the fence.

RTA zones B, C and D, along Rising Sun Avenue in front of the Little Caesars, Rite Aid, and Lukoil respectively, received high scores as usual with large collections of consumable trash (bottles, wrappers) and a pair of brake calipers on the bank of zone B.

The average inlet clog rate for this month’s survey is 2.31. This is a little lower than the rate of 2.78 from the previous years survey (11/13).  The total amount of trash accumulated is 130 pieces, inc comparison to 199 from the year before.

Inlet #192798, contained the highest amount of trash that we have seen. This single inlet contained 33 pieces of trash, 28 of which were plastic. Beyond trash, the inlet also has some gravel and dirt in it.

Inlet #127512 is damaged and collects a large amount of vegetable matter that attracts plastic bags.

October 3rd, 2016

The weather leading up to this survey was rainy and chilly. On the weekend leading up to this survey Philly had multiple thunderstorms.  Friday, September 30th saw .77 inches of precipitation. The average temperature for the week was 64 degrees.  Leaves were the primary source of clogging for most inlets and the average clog score was 1.94 out of 5. Surveys from 2015 in October found the average to be 1.74 while October 2104 had a score of 1.54.  The RTA average for this survey was 2.54 compared to 3.27 in October 2015 and 1.91 in October 2014.

RTA sites D, K, T, and V, received a litter score of 5.  Of these only site K was equally littered last month. Like RTA K, Sewer inlet #143111 was heavily littered in both this survey and the last. The inlet had an array of litter types with 19 bottles and it is the most clogged inlet in this survey.  Both RTA K and sewer inlet 14311 are at the bottom of the hill where Rising Sun Avenue crosses Tacony Creek. The slope could cause the collection of trash at this inlet but it does not help that just up the hill, sewer inlet 127512 is damaged and cannot intake particulates as well as its counterpart at the bottom of the hill.

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On the positive side, most of the inlets within the housing development were less than 25% clogged and the RTA’s along their border were equally free of litter and trash. This is illustrated with the photo of inlet 141698 and RTA L.

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August 26th, 2016

The weather leading up to this survey has been relatively calm with the most recent rainstorm taking place five days ago (8/21) at 0.60 inches of rain. It has been some time since our previous survey was completed, but we noticed some of the typical trends we have noted in the past.

This week the RTA average is at 2.45. Much of the litter along the RTA zones is on the smaller size, such as candy wrappers, cigarette butts, or bits of plastic. RTA M received a 5 today. In a previous blog post (June 17th, 2016) we mentioned the landscaping outside of the Cardone factory seemed to push workers to eat their lunch or take breaks across the street, in to RTA M. The workers wanted to enjoy their break in the shade, but this could potentially lead to higher amounts of litter in this area. Today, we can very clearly see evidence of this as there was an extreme amount of litter and cigarette butts along the curb we previously saw workers sitting. Also, sewer inlet #143111, located not far downhill from RTA M, contained the highest amount of trash we have seen in a long time.

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The average inlet clog rate for this month’s survey is 1.25. This is about the same as the previous survey. Absence of heavy rain and lack of leaves and other organic matter falling from trees makes the Summer months fairly steady as far as inlet clogging is concerned. The total amount of trash accumulated is 265 pieces, which is slightly higher than our previous survey.

As mentioned, inlet #143111, located along Rising Sun Avenue, contained the highest amount of trash that we have seen. This single inlet contained 61 pieces of trash, 52 of which were plastics. The inlet has also followed previous trends of growing a significant amount of organic matter on top of it, catching any trash that blows around it. Aside from the significant amount of trash accumulated in this inlet, most of the other inlets throughout the survey had minimal trash.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Inlet #127512, slightly up the road from Inlet #143111 on Rising Sun Avenue, continues to degrade where the two inlet mouths meet. Both inlet tops move easily when walked on.

Inlet #127512

Inlet #127512

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June 22nd, 2016

The average temperature leading up to this week’s survey was 78 degrees Fahrenheit. There were no rain events leading up to this survey.

The average inlet clog rate is 1.24. This is not a significant difference from previous weeks this month. The total trash accumulated in the inlets is 251 pieces, which is also consistent with the last few weeks.

Inlet #115500, located along Rising Sun Avenue, has collected quite a bit of debris. This could be due to more regular mowing. There were also several inlets during this survey with leaves gathered in them, which could be caused by the use of leaf blowers to remove grass clippings from sidewalks or roads. The amount of organic debris gathered in these inlets is not significant and should not greatly affect water flow.

Inlet #4292

Inlet #115500

Inlet #120010, located on Rising Sun Avenue outside of Michel’s Bakery, has broken glass in it for the second week in a row, but overall the inlets were fairly clean and unclogged.

Inlet #120010

Inlet #120010

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The RTA average this week increased to 2.45 per inlet. The wind speeds from today were averaging around 17 mph and gusts at 28 mph. We were able to observe this as small pieces of trash were visibly blowing around by inlets and RTA zones, most of the litter seemed to be wrappers and paper products. RTA B received a 5 this week as the paper products and wrappers were scattered throughout the zone. The photo shows one section of the zone with scattered products that were able to be moved by wind gusts:

RTA B

RTA B

RTA A also received a rating of 5 this week, but also shows the types of litter that seem to be scattered from the high wind and gusts. Napkins, bags, wrappers, and others were scattered down the entire zone:

RTA A

RTA A

RTA N received a rating of 2, but was also the host of some potential residential dumping. The trash bags we came across were ripped open and some not even tied, allowing trash to fall out and get blown around on this windy day:

RTA N

RTA N

 

 

June 17th, 2016

The average temperature leading up to today’s survey has been 71 degrees Fahrenheit for the week. A bit of precipitation occurred June 16th with .08 inches of rainfall.

The overall RTA average this week is at 2.18. Some summer themes we are seeing is the increased litter with more people out and about in the nice weather, lawnmowers are cutting grass but also pieces of litter into tiny bits, and of course trash within bushes.

RTA M may see an increase in its RTA rating each survey. This assumption is based off of the newly landscaped lawns out front of Cardone. We noticed today that many workers were taking their break sitting on the curb in the shade across the street (on RTA M). Before the landscaping had begun at the Cardone location, workers would sit under the trees that once existed during their breaks. Perhaps the desire to sit in the shade will bring more litter across the street. The workers on break are left out of this week’s photo as we did not want to disturb them. For this week, RTA M received a rating of 2.

RTA M

RTA M

RTA J received a rating of 3 this week because of the amount of cigarette butts observed. This RTA is the host of 3 cigarette buckets, but there are still many that find their way onto the ground.

RTA J

RTA J

RTA K received a rating of 5 this week, as it is consistently the most littered RTA zone along with RTA V. The fence remains broken and litter continues to collect at the foot of the fence along the entire sidewalk.

RTA K

RTA K

The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.29, which is fairly consistent with previous surveys this spring. The total amount of trash accumulated is 250. This is a slight increase from the previous survey’s count of 191.

Inlet #143111, located on Rising Sun Avenue, often contains high amounts of trash and has not strayed from this pattern this week. Of the inlets surveyed this week, this one had the most trash. This often occurs because it is located at the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun. The inlet also regularly has plant life growing along it.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Inlet #127512, also located along Rising Sun Avenue, has been unstable for a little while but seems possibly more degraded. Both inlet covers are loose and can easily be moved when pressed on.

Inlet #127512

Inlet #127512

On inlet #145784, located on Adams Avenue, we spotted the watershed’s new tags!

Inlet #145784

Inlet #145784

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May 14th, 2016

The RTA trash average for this week is 2.91 –  almost a 2 percent increase from last week’s survey, but still fairly low.

As we get deeper into spring, the grass grows taller and taller.  It’s gotten more difficult to monitor trash in some of the RTA’s.

At RTA K, the grass is almost the same height as the chain linked fence..

At RTA K, the grass is almost the same height as the chain linked fence..

In parts of RTA L, it's hard to measure the trash when much of it lays below the grass.

In parts of RTA L, it’s hard to measure the trash when much of it lays below the grass.

We’ve observed the same dilemma in RTA U just outside the Planet Fitness.

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And, per usual RTA D is cluttered with trash.

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The average temperature for this week was very similar to last week’s average at 71 degrees Fahrenheit. The last rain event was the 13th, accumulating 0.14 inches.

The average inlet clog rate is 1.27. This is about the same as last week. The total amount of trash is 270 pieces. This is a good deal higher than last week’s count of 191. This is mostly due to the sharp increase in cigarettes. Last week there were only 15 cigarettes total, while this week 64 were counted.

Inlet #159034, along Rising Sun Avenue, contained 11 cigarettes. The inlet is outside of the entrances to both of the retail plazas, and people may also wait for buses there, which may explain the amount of cigarettes.

Inlet #159034

Inlet #159034

Inlet #153864, also located along Rising Sun Avenue, contained many cigarettes, with a count of 10. This inlet is along the outside of Cardone where many people go on break.

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Inlet #153864

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May 8th, 2016

The RTA trash average for the week was 2.86–almost a 2 percent decrease from last week’s survey.

At RTA K, last week’s cushion was still laying on the sidewalk amidst the trash.

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With it being mid-Spring, the grass is starting to fill in all the RTA zones.  While spring brings warm weather (at least theoretically), blooming flowers, and more outdoor activity, it also brings more trash (due to more people being outside) and taller grass, which covers up the trash.

RTA O - the blooming leaves covers up the trash hidden beneath them.

RTA O – the blooming leaves covers up the trash hidden beneath them.

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RTA R – paper articles of trash dot the strip of grass along Adams Avenue.

On Rising Sun Avenue below Adams Avenue, the Kardone Factory has done some recent landscaping!  Unfortunately, there is some trash scattered on the grass along the facade of the building.

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The average temperature this week was 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather was dreary and lightly rainy, with the last rain event being the morning before this survey, which accumulated 0.05 inches.

The average inlet clog rate is 1.3, which is only slightly higher than last week. As blooms continue to fall and rains come many of the inlets have accumulated this organic matter, most likely causing this slight increase in clog rate. The total amount of trash is 191 pieces, this is a good deal lower than last week’s count of 256. The weather could have caused fewer people to spend time outside, reducing litter, or the rain could have swept much of the litter away or through the inlets.

Inlet #143111, located towards the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun Avenue, has the plant life that regrows each season starting to grow again. During the Summer the plant life can become unruly and accumulate trash.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Inlet #155321, in Hill Creek Housing Development, is regularly clogged, but was producing an odor during this survey. It’s location next to a dumpster causes the reoccurring clogging, and the odor most likely came form liquids from the dumpster pooling at the inlet.

Inlet #155321

Inlet #155321

Inlet #144394, in the development, contained more trash than most of the inlets. Many wrappers were caught along the mouth of the inlet.

Inlet #144394

Inlet #14439

Inlet #141698, also in Hill Creek Housing Development, shows the blooms that have accumulated in many of the inlets.

Inlet #141698

Inlet #141698

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April 24th, 2016

The RTA trash average for this week is 2.91 – almost a 6 percentage decrease from last last week’s survey.

Among the trash at RTA K there lay a sofa cushion among the trash.  This RTA is consistently rated a 5, likely because trash flows with rainfall downhill and collects in this spot.

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While this area is typically clean, it isn’t uncommon to see trash bags filled with trash laying on the sidewalk.

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It is however very common to see trash on the ground surrounding the bus stop at RTA O, as well as in the planters adjacent to the bushes.

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RTA D was cleaned once again, leaving us to speculate exactly how long it will take before the orange peels begin to pile back up against the strip of grass.

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The average temperature leading up to this week’s survey was 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Late on the 22nd into the 23rd there was a heavy rain event leading to light rain.

The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.24, which is back down to the average from two surveys ago. The quick, heavy rain could have washed any debris that settled in the inlets last week into the creek. The total amount of trash recorded on the survey is 256 pieces. This is significantly lower than last week’s 378 pieces.

Inlet #127512, located along Rising Sun Avenue, is still caved in on itself. Stepping on the sides of the inlet covers causes them to freely move.

Inlet #127512

Inlet #127512

Inlet #159595, at the intersection of Rising Sun Avenue and Adams Avenue, has been repaired.

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Inlet #159595 Before

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Inlet #159595 Now

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