This is the clearinghouse for the latest news and opinion on stormwater management in the state of Pennsylvania. This site serves as a supplement to our flagship Online Resource Center, www.StormwaterPA.org -- a must visit site loaded with information on Stormwater Best Management Practices, Case Studies, Regulations, Technical Details, and more.
EPA Funding For Philly Projects that Follow Green City, Clean Waters Plan
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency designated up to $3 million dollars to fund projects that reduce Philadelphia's stormwater pollution. The hope is that these funds will promote and advance Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters plan.
From the press release:
“Philadelphia is a national leader in using green techniques for reducing stormwater impacts and increasing economic and community benefits,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This funding will help the city quantify the benefits of thinking outside the pipe, and create a living laboratory of green infrastructure.”
The research will focus on such items as:
- Measuring early benefits, long-term effectiveness and economic viability of green infrastructure;
- Evaluating alternative financing mechanisms;
- Quantifying benefits to neighborhoods and communities;
- Developing strategies for successfully adopting green infrastructure.
You can find more information about this request for grant applications here.
Yesterday I engaged with over a dozen other Philadelphians — homeowners and renters — to learn about the Rain Barrel. Yup! the benefits of a super simple method of easing the costs, stresses and environmental damage are numerous and large, and all come from adding a big plastic bucket. It captures a typical large summer rainstorm so that our old city's sewers don't get over-loaded and are forced to spill a mix of sewage and stormwater into my lovely Schuylkill River where it is such a beautiful relief to the harsh cityscape, just below our famous Museum of Art. Instead, the barrel holds that 500 pounds of water until any old time between storms, when I can use it to water my street tree, backyard plants, window boxes or wash my car. (secretly, i plan to engineer a way for it to flush toilets some day).