The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently signed a $2 billion agreement allowing the city to use green infrastructure – including porous pavements, rain gardens, grassy swales, and more – to better manage stormwater flows. These green alternatives will supplement traditional pipes and concrete infrastructures.
This is all part of the city’s “Green City, Clean Waters” plan, which is designed to protect and enhance urban watersheds by managing stormwater with greener techniques.
How Green Infrastructures Work
These methods intercept rain water at the source, retaining it and allowing it to flow into the ground. This then allows the soil and plants to recycle the water back into the atmosphere, preventing it from becoming stormwater runoff.
The EPA’s Role in this 25 Year Partnership
- EPA will provide technical assistance to Philadelphia. This includes identifying and promoting higher-performing green infrastructure designs.
- The EPA will join forces with the city of Philadelphia in several demonstration projects, such as greening a school’s gardens and revitalizing a low-income neighborhood with green designs.
- The EPA will provide technical assistance and will help monitor the effectiveness and benefits of this program.
“Where other cities are challenged by very expensive commitments for tunnels, tanks, and other gray infrastructure, we have worked with the state and the EPA to take this greener, more fiscally prudent approach that will realize multiple benefits,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D).
If you have any questions about the EPA’s Agreement with the City of Philadelphia or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.
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