Stormwater management in Philadelphia improved by EPA grants

Sponsored by

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Oct. 10, 2012 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing up to $3 million in research grants for projects that will study the benefits of green techniques in controlling stormwater pollution in Philadelphia. The funds will help advance the city's landmark Green City, Clean Waters plan.

EPA's "Science to Achieve Results" (STAR) program will fund major research projects focusing on key aspects of green infrastructure in a 40,500-acre area of the city experiencing frequent sewer system overflows.

Green stormwater infrastructure includes green roofs, tree-lined streets, porous pavement, grassy swales and other features that intercept stormwater before it can surge into sewer systems and send pollutants to local rivers and streams.

"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."

In April 2012, EPA signed a partnership agreement with the city to support the Green City, Clean Waters plan to control stormwater.

EPA will fund research projects of up to $1 million each to examine the performance and effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia.

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

More information on the Request for Applications for "Performance and Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study," can be found at http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/

###



Sponsored by

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Water Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox or Mailbox

Subscribe to one of our magazines or email newsletters today at no cost and receive the latest information.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Research reveals filtration favored over disinfection when treating ballast water

When treating ships' ballast water, new research conducted by the Analytical BioGeoChemistry research unit at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany shows that filtration -- rather than disinfection -- can potentially serve as a more efficient method.

Kruger to provide advanced filtration system for FL reclaimed water project

Kruger was recently awarded a contract to furnish a Hydrotech Discfilter system for the Port Orange Reclaimed Water Reservoir and Filtration Project, located in Port Orange, Fla. 

Self-assembling, biomimetic membranes may lead to better water treatment, analysis finds

According to an international team of researchers from a wide range of universities, businesses and organizations, a synthetic membrane that self assembles and is easily produced may lead to better water purification.

NASA study shows CA’s 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

According to a new study conducted by NASA, the state of California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  

 


© 2015. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS