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Philadelphia high school students build rain garden as part of innovative public-private partnership

In June, 10th- and 12th-grade students at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences (Philadelphia) installed a rainwater management garden on campus grounds, culminating a year-long planning and design process. About 70 W.B. Saul students were mentored under a unique pilot program that leverages experts from the CH2M Foundation (Englewood, Colo.) and The Nature Conservancy […]

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Report evaluates economic impact of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) released a report assessing the local economic effect over the first 5 years from implementation of Philadelphia Water’s Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), the city’s 25-year plan to protect watersheds through stormwater management and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The long-term program addresses Clean Water Act regulations with […]

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DELCORA To Reduce CSOs in Chester, Pa.

In August, the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) entered into a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve its combined sewer and stormwater drainage system in the City of Chester, Pa. The improvements will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in the Delaware River, Chester Creek, and […]

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New Stormwater Regulations Take Effect in Philadelphia

Philadelphia began following updated stormwater regulations July 1. Two years in the making, the regulations are meant to ensure new developments contribute to Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan. New developments are now required to handle more water, slow stormwater more effectively, and improve pollutant reduction. These changes will help minimize local flooding, encourage the […]

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Reduced Narcotics Possession Found Near Philadelphia Green Infrastructure

The benefits of replacing outdated and overwhelmed urban sanitary and storm sewer systems with green stormwater infrastructure may extend far beyond water quality. New research by U.S. Forest Service scientists and partners found reduced narcotics possession occurring within a half-mile of Philadelphia’s new green stormwater infrastructure projects. The article, “The impact of green stormwater infrastructure […]

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City of Philadelphia Names First Stormwater Pioneer

On Nov. 20, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) named Stanley’s True Value Hardware its first Stormwater Pioneer. Third generation small business owners Mark and Joe Jaconski were recognized as role models for business owners and private developers who want to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties. The stormwater design team, Ruggiero Plante Land Design, was […]

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Philadelphia Water Department Releases Green Streets Manual

In late February, the Philadelphia Water Department released a Green Streets Design Manual to expedite green street development in Philadelphia. Promoting green streets aligns with the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters initiative to achieve federal water quality mandates by managing stormwater with green infrastructure. The manual provides detailed design templates that are flexible […]

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