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Erin Williams, Stormwater Credits Program Lead at the Philadelphia Water Department, will explore the department's efforts to use stormwater credits to spur green infrastructure growth in the City of Brotherly Love. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is dedicated to developing the green roof and wall industry across North America. For more information on upcoming conferences, symposia and training courses, please visit www.greenroofs.org+ More details
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In older cities like Philadelphia, combined sewer overflows are a reality during heavy rainstorms, but smart solutions abound. In a typical urban home, for example, even a single rain barrel can help prevent flooding and keep polluted runoff out of local creeks, rivers, and streams. Engineers are rethinking stormwater-- and finding all kinds of ways to reuse it, rather than flushing it away. Get the full story at http://StormwaterPA.org: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/solving-runoff-block-by-block.html+ More details
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The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is using a variety of innovations to protect waterways from polluted rainwater, but they're every bit as focused on meeting community needs as they are on keeping stormwater out of rivers and streams. In the East Falls section of the city, residents expressed concern about speeding cars, so when the PWD team started planning a stormwater management project, they designed a system to meet their needs and those of the neighborhood. The result? A series of "storm water bumpouts" that lie upstream of storm drains to manage runoff from sidewalks and streets AND which create a traffic calming effect. "We don't just come in and do a stormwater project," says PWD's Jessica Brooks, "we meet with the community and try to tailor a solution to their needs…" The bumpouts make a visual impression on a driver -- giving the perception of the road narrowing -- so a driver slows down. That's a real win-win: good for the community and good watershed health. Learn more on http://www.StormwaterPA.org: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/stormwater-bumpouts.html+ More details
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GreenTreks Network (http://www.GreenTreks.tv) created this video for the Philadelphia Water Department (http://www.PhillyWatersheds.org). Learn more about preventing stormwater runoff on http://www.StormwaterPA.org. Get free educational lessons for this video via our http://www.EcoExpress.org program.+ More details
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Philadelphia Water Department commissioner, Howard Neukrug, speaks of the important role of rate payers in the improvement and maintenance of Philadelphia’s drinking water and waste water infrastructure. The Philadelphia Water Department strives for sustainable management of infrastructure and natural resources while providing residents with affordable rates.+ More details
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Philadelphia's first "green street" replaces regular asphalt with porous pavement, allowing rainfall to infiltrate the surface and be stored in a stone bed until it can be absorbed by the soil. The project started with a street that was in drastic need of repair and has resulted in happy homeowners with dry basements -- and less burden on the combined sewer system. Happier residents and healthier waterways is a pretty good thing. Get the full story at stormwaterpa.org/percy-street-goes-green+ More details
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When the Philadelphia Water Department undertook a restoration project aimed at improving the health of Tacony Creek, they enlisted private, non-profit, and City partners to ensure the effort created a ripple effect. The result was a rebirth of sorts: instead of an abused, frightening dumping ground, Tacony Creek Park is now a beautiful, peaceful place that is being appreciated and cared for by surrounding neighborhoods. It's a win-win in more ways than one. "The zipcode where this trail is has seen some of the biggest declines in socio-economic and health data in the Philadelphia area," says Joe Pyle, President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, whose Friends Hospital property lies within the park. "This trail, this neighborhood need each other. The community needs the green space. And the green space needs the community..." Watch this video and get more info about how you can protect the health of our water on http://www.StormwaterPA.org: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/tacony-creek-restoration-improving-water-quality-and-quality-of-life.html+ More details
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