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investments driven by deferred maintenance, the near future holds the
promise of the right facilities in adequate condition to allow men and
women in uniform to perform their jobs safely and to perform them well.
Greener. Philadelphia is among the 800+ communities nationwide
that must reduce combined sewer overflows under the Clean Water
Act. While many municipalities are building larger sewers and retention
tanks to hold excess runoff during storms, Philadelphia has become a
national leader in developing an approach that primarily relies on green
neighborhood investments that complement and strengthen traditional
water infrastructure.
This approach was memorialized in the 2011 plan called Green City,
Clean Waters. The goal is to reduce stormwater flow and pollution by
adding green infrastructure to streets, sidewalks, roofs, schools, parks,
and parking lots in order to slow, filter, and consume rainfall. "Green
tools" such as rain gardens and stormwater tree planters manage over
27,000 gallons of runoff per acre from hard surfaces like streets and

parking lots every time an inch of rain falls in the City. In addition to
filtering pollutants out of stormwater, green infrastructure sites keep
excess water out of Philadelphia's overburdened sewer system, where
overflows can lead to sewage spilling into local waterways. Not only is
this approach more affordable and less disruptive than the construction
of massive tunnel systems, green infrastructure projects are beautifying neighborhoods, moderating extreme summer temperatures, and
creating natural habitats.
This June marked the five-year anniversary of Green City, Clean
Waters. As of June 1, 2016, more than 837 "Greened Acres" have
been established in the city. These Greened Acres represent a more
than 1.5 billion gallon reduction in stormwater runoff and combined
sewer overflows during a typical year of rainfall.
Surpassing the five-year goal signals the start of an accelerated
period of growth for Green City, Clean Waters; within the next five-year
period, the City must achieve 2,148 Greened Acres, reducing overflow

RENDERING: PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Fall 2016

Editors’ Letter
Community
Up Close
Expression
Design Profiles
Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
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Context - Fall 2016 - Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
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