The Philadelphia Water Department will be at the 12th District Police Headquarters, 6448 Woodland, on July 13 to update residents of lower southwest Philadelphia about proposed green investments that will protect local waterways while adding new landscaped green spaces to streets, parks and breezeways.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. as a part of the 12th District Community Workshop and will feature food and a raffle provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.
All residents are encouraged to attend this event to learn more and provide feedback!
The local investments that we will talk about at the meeting are part of the Green City, Clean Waters Program, which manages water from rain and snow storms using special green tools like rain gardens and stormwater trees that soak up water, keep pollution out of waterways like Cobbs Creek, and provide other benefits like cleaner air and cooler blocks.
Green stormwater tools, called Green Stormwater Infrastructure, also help to make sure local sewers don’t get flooded and spill sewage into our streams.
Over the last five years, Philadelphia Water has worked with neighborhoods, fellow City departments, businesses and others to create hundreds of green sites that are making our communities better places to live, learn, work and play.
Green City, Clean Waters investments in neighborhoods from Center City to Kensington and Overbrook are keeping about 1.5 billion gallons of polluted water out of our waterways each year.
In addition to the street improvements, some projects are proposed for Finnegan Playground and Buist Park. Because green tools use plants like trees and flowers, the projects would bring new landscaping to these green spaces along with other improvements.
Added up, all the local projects could keep as much as 2.7 million gallons of polluted water out of the Darby-Cobbs and Lower Schuylkill watersheds during a one-inch rainstorm—that’s like having 54,000 homes with 50-gallon rain barrels!
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