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We need to talk about maintenance.

Last Friday, the third and final day of the 2017 GSI Operations and Maintenance Course kicked off in the field at Kemble Park and La Salle University’s rain gardens. We spent the afternoon learning more about each site’s design processes and technical aspects, turning a specific lens to the role that maintenance and monitoring play
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Our City, Our Parks

On Saturday, volunteers across the city celebrated the LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day. A joint program of Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Philadelphia Park Friends Network, this event brought together residents to plant trees, rake leaves, and help prepare 100 neighborhood parks for the winter season.    The role that public green spaces
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Opti wants to stop floods before they happen

As climate change brings increasingly frequent natural disasters, flooding has become more prevalent in communities across the globe. GSI Partners Annual Sponsor Opti is ready to change how communities can respond, even before flooding occurs. Their new technology not only helps predict increases in rainwater but also controls water storage levels in retention ponds to
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Recap: October’s Quarterly Meeting

At the last Quarterly Meeting of 2017, GSI Partners clustered into small groups to share how intended and unintended outcomes have made an impact on their projects. During this guided networking time, attendees discussed how they addressed unexpected circumstances that arose throughout each stage of a project’s timeline. In some cases, surprises caused GSI professionals
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Intended and Unintended Outcomes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thinking a lot about the intended and unintended impacts of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). As with any project planning and implementation process, GSI projects are accompanied by their fair share of intended and unintended outcomes throughout the span of their timelines.   While at the base of its
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Intended Outcomes

Reduction of stormwater runoff. Improvement in water quality. Mitigation of urban heat island effect. Restoration of natural wildlife habitats. Formation of greened acres and recreation spaces. A boon to the local economy.    These are just a few of the intended environmental, social, and economicbenefits of green stormwater infrastructure   We are now six years into Green City, Clean
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Unintended Outcomes

“Rain gardens are like children,” said Dennis Shelly of PEER Environmental, LLC. “You can never really trust them to be alone.”   Because of this, Charles Brenton of Brenton Landscape Architects asserts that project managers could “do a better job communicating with clients about what rain gardens look like years after installation.”   Although this nature-based approach is proven to
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How did Philadelphia’s parks score?

Philadelphia has made many improvements to public parks recently, and people are taking notice. With over 90% of residents, through all income and age demographic areas, able to reach a public park within a ten-minute walk, our city is taking big steps to protect green space. We are improving access to public green space, but
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Growing number of jobs from GSI maintenance

As the public becomes increasingly aware of the potential dangers of stormwater runoff, prevention systems are being monitored more frequently. After a recent survey throughout Baltimore revealed over a quarter of these systems were in disrepair, the city saw an opportunity to benefit the environment as well as their economy by creating training programs to
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The Impact of GSI on Community Health and Safety

Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) installation is lauded for its positive environmental and economic impact, and deservedly so, but this nature-based approach to stormwater management has also had a positive effect on the health and safety of communities where it was implemented.    Michele Kondo, Ph.D. and the USDA Forest Service, Northern Field Station conducted a difference-in-differences analysis
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