Date: Originally broadcast on June 28, 2012
Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Waters” program is the first of five 2012 U.S. Water Prize Winners profiled in this webinar series. Sponsored and administered by the Clean Water America Alliance, the United States Water Prize Program is a celebration of sustainable solutions that advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. Philadelphia's "Green City, Clean Waters" program has been heralded as a unique and innovative approach to addressing Clean Water Act permit obligations while making strategic investments in community and economic development. The $2.4 Billion, 25-year program involves managing stormwater from more than a third of the City's impervious surfaces, primarily through investments in green stormwater infrastructure. Engineered greening at this scale provides an opportunity for many changes and enhancements to the city’s existing built environment and has the potential to transform much of Philadelphia. As the City agency held responsible for meeting Clean Water Act permit requirements, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) must employ creative strategies to work with multiple City agencies and private customers to leverage opportunities to implement the program. To ensure the long-term success of “Green City, Clean Waters,” multiple implementation mechanisms have been created or are in design, including strong development regulations, stormwater billing and crediting, grants and low interest loans, and direct public investments in green stormwater infrastructure.
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