EPA and the city of Philadelphia are joining forces to make the city a national model for the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff. The partnership agreement represents a $2 billion investment in the city’s Green City, Clean Waters program over the next 25 years.
Stormwater runoff allows surface pollutants to migrate into waterways and can cause sewer systems to overflow, resulting in industrial and human waste being discharged into waterways. The Green City, Clean Waters program will replace hard surfaces throughout the city with green areas, creating an urban landscape that is better equipped to manage stormwater runoff and ultimately resulting in cleaner, healthier rivers and streams. The city and EPA believe this sustainable approach is more beneficial than the alternative of investing in a “gray” infrastructure of tanks and pipes to handle such runoff.
EPA will assist the city in identifying effective green infrastructure designs, providing technical assistance, and promoting the advancement of innovative ideas and designs. The agency will also be monitoring the effectiveness of the program, as the lessons learned in Philadelphia can be utilized in other cities and communities throughout the country.
INFO: Contact David Sternberg at 215-814-5548.