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Delaware River Watershed Initiative debuts Stream Reach Assessment Tool

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University recently debuted the Stream Reach Assessment Tool (SRAT). SRAT integrates data sets to model pollutant loads from upstream sources and analyzes landscape features that influence its ability to produce clean water.   “The SRAT is intended to create a consistent way
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New Study Examines Jobs in the Urban Forest

A study from PolicyLink and Ecotrust titled, “Jobs & Equity in the Urban Forest” examines the economic, ecological, and social impacts of existing community-based urban forestry investments and related green infrastructure facilities.   “This report documents a growing group of policies, public initiatives, and workforce development programs in urban forestry and related green infrastructure occurring
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Congratulations to the Monitoring Grant Recipients

SBN, via the GSI Partners, developed a monitoring grant pilot program to support data collection on the performance of private GSI projects and encourage its dissemination. Further data collection of these sites will support the GSI Partners objectives for research and innovation to advance the state-of-the-art of the GSI industry.   We congratulate the following
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Chicago collects real-time data on green infrastructure

A consortium of Chicago city agencies, institutions of higher education, and private sector companies are partnering to test and collect data on different SMPs using sensors and cloud computing. Chicago has already established two locations, which include a bioswale and a street with permeable pavement, as the pilot locations for tracking and recording data on precipitation,
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CA recognizes green infrastructure & funnels dollars to conserve natural resources

The state of California has taken a major step in combating their long history of water conservation issues. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2480, which declared that “source watersheds are recognized and defined as integral components of California’s water infrastructure.” With this law, California can now invest billions of dollars in infrastructure finance towards the
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Andropogon Associates receives ASLA Honor Award

GSI Partners member, Andropogon Associates, was recently recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects for their collaborative three-year study of the role of vegetation, soil, and adaptive management performance in urban green infrastructure. The designers and scientific researchers monitored the site’s runoff volume, water quality, soils, and vegetation to better understand the infrastructure’s performance
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Green City, Clean Waters: 5 Down, 20 to Go!

Congratulations to the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Water (PWD) for surpassing the five year goals of Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), Philadelphia’s groundbreaking agreement to reduce stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows by investing in green stormwater infrastructure. Over 440 green stormwater infrastructure tools have greened almost 840 acres, keeping more than 1.5 billion gallons
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Advocacy Committee Update

Our Advocacy Committee is looking forward to an Advocacy Workshop on Thursday, September 11th that will be facilitated by Beth McConnell, Policy Director at the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC).  This exciting workshop will support this Committee’s work to develop a strategy to accomplish our 3 main goals: maximizing the number of greened acres, especially
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PWD’s Green Acre Retrofit Program (GARP)

PWD’s newest business assistance grant program encourages stormwater project aggregation. GARP provides grant assistance to companies or contractors for stormwater projects on non-residential properties with a total project size of over 10 acres or larger located in Philadelphia’s combined sewer area. Currently, PWD is seeking applicants who are companies or project aggregators that can assemble large
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