Interview with Ellen Schultz, WetLand Collaborator from Fairmount Water Works
My first hope is that people come away with a new understanding (appreciation) for their good, safe clean reliable tap water and all that goes into delivering that potable glass of water.
At the Fairmount Water Works, as the watershed education center of the Philadelphia Water Deparment, we want all who visit us to understand the history of the water supply system, the present challenges facing our watershed, and the future solutions to keeping our source water clean.
I think this is the fundamental point of connection between people – we need water to live, we enjoy clean water as a big part of our leisure time, and it provides a certain kind of well-being to all our lives. How we behave on the land is inextricably linked to insuring the quality of our waterways and the safety of our drinking water supply
Stop and make people think about water as a finite resource and what we can do as individuals and collectively to play a role in protecting that resource.
I would love to see more green space like rain gardens explained (or interpreted). Perhaps, too, one day we can show how the Water Works functioned as an industrial site by recreating the forebay from the river to the building.
I don’t think I would describe it as tension (except when nature runs wild), but more like a symbiotic relationship – both feed each other and enhance our quality of life.
The Fairmount Water Works Center workshops on WetLand will take place on August 18th, August 25th, September 8th, and September 15th from 3 PM to 5 PM. Workshops will be approximately 20 minutes long and will start at 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, and 4:30pm.
Independence Seaport Museum Pier
211 South Columbus Blvd (at Dock St)
Aug 15–Sept 21, 10:00am–5:00pm (ongoing)
More information: fringearts.com
– Abby Holtzman