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Philadelphia Water’s Comprehensive Information Sessions Open for Registration

Philadelphia Water will host five information sessions this summer at the Municipal Services Building. All information sessions are identical, so you can pick which date works for you. We will cover technical and procedural improvements, and walk through the new Stormwater Management Guidance Manual, Plan Review Website and ERSA application. Register here. June 19, 8:30am
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Study Compares the Costs and Impacts of Green and Gray Infrastructure

A recent study comparing the life cycle costs and environmental impacts of rain gardens and gray infrastructure in Cincinnati, OH found significant advantages to the green approach: [Rain] Gardens were found to be the favorable option, both financially (~42% cost reduction) and environmentally (62-98% reduction in modeled impacts). Wastewater utilities may find significant life cycle cost and
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Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Reintroduced in Congress

Last month, the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act was assigned to a congressional committee for consideration. The act prioritizes green stormwater infrastructure, through funding, partnerships, and research, hoping to improve water quality while creating jobs. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Senator Tom Udall (U-NM), and could be introduced to the House or
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Montgomery County’s New Comprehensive Plan Receives National Award 

Montgomery County’s new comprehensive plan, MontCo 2040: A Shared Vision, received a national award. from the American Planning Association (APA). The plan includes an entire section on mananging stormwater primarily through green practices including vegetated swales, disconnected impervious surfaces, rain gardens, bioretention areas, porous pavement, and constructed wetlands. Read the full plan here.

Rain Check Adding Contractors Due to High Demand

PWD’s Rain Check program has seen a surge of participants over the past two months, partially due to the warmer weather and the recent citywide expansion. To meet this demand, we are in the process of hiring a few additional contractors, and are seeking a few more. We are currently most interested in locally-owned firms
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May Committee Updates

The GSI Partners have 5 working committees: Advocacy, Awards Ceremony, Business Engagement, Monitoring Grant, and Plan Review.  Contact [email protected] for more information or to join a committee. Advocacy:  Now that our Mayoral Forum and the Primaries are behind us, the Advocacy Committee is looking ahead, planning how to engage with Philadelphia’s elected officials to advance
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With Primaries Over, the Good Economy Challenge Presses Forward

Congratulations to the winners of the May 19th Mayoral and City Council Primaries in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with the soon-to-be elected officials, and continuing to encourage them to embrace a sustainable local economy through SBN’s Good Economy Challenge. We’re continuing to push for the advancement of the City’s Green City, Clean Waters plan, which we
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Advancing GSI at Urban Waters Federal Partnership Meeting

GSI Partners Project Manager presented about our work to advance the local GSI industry and innovation at the recent Urban Waters Federal Partnership meeting. The partnership is a regional network of federal, state, and municipal agencies as well as non-government organizations committed to improving water quality and quantity; trails, parks and open space; river protection
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RFP Released for GSI Awards Ceremony

We are planning an Awards Ceremony to further celebrate and elevate the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure and partners who make these projects happen.  We were invited to have this ceremony in mid-September in conjunction with a conference PWD is convening that is bringing national stakeholders here to Philadelphia.  While the conference posed a great opportunity,
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