EPA Backs Philly’s $2B Stormwater Management Plan
This week, Mayor Nutter and EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson formally signed an agreement paving the way for an ambitious long-term green infrastructure program designed to more effectively manage stormwater runoff in Philadelphia. The plan is especially important here, as around 60 percent of the city’s water is handled via combined sewer systems, which can pollute local waterways when rainy periods cause sewer overflows. The city has been previously recognized for its excellence in environmentally sound infrastructural planning.
The city of Philadelphia has finally won the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s backing for its green stormwater-management plan.
The city’s “Green City, Clean Waters” initiative was submitted to the EPA for approval back in 2009. It dedicates nearly $2 billion over the next 25 years to significantly reduce combined-sewer overflows through “green infrastructure” — by increasing parks and open spaces, installing green roofs and rain gardens, and using porous pavement instead of just adding new pipes and treatment facilities.