Jun 7, 2011

$2B for Green Infrastructure - Ambitious Philadelphia Stormwater Plan Now Official!

Philadelphia has been trying to transform itself into the greenest city in the USA. A large part of this plan relies on the green stormwater initiatives laid out by the Philadelphia Water Department and the Greenworks plan created by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. The plan has now signed for adequate funding and will be coming to streets and rooftops near you!
On June 1, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and PWD will sign a groundbreaking agreement that will allow the PWD to officially embark on the implementation of its innovative strategy that uses green stormwater infrastructure to substantially reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) to its waterways.

Green City, Clean Waters lays the groundwork for the PWD to spend approximately $2 billion over the next 25 years to use primarily green infrastructure, such as - stormwater tree trenches, vegetated bumpouts, porous asphalt, rain gardens, sidewalk planters – as a means to transform manmade surfaces that repel the rain to Greened Acres which capture rainwater runoff, which then infiltrates, stores and manage the rain as a precious resource - just like Mother Nature. The plan also includes wastewater treatment facility enhancements and pipe renewal and replacement. Green City, Clean Waters works in tandem with the Mayor’s Greenworks Philadelphia vision in order to reinvent Philadelphia as a green, sustainable city of the future.
Read the full press release here

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