EPA Approves Green City, Clean Waters Plan

Julie Slavet
Apr 12, 2012

This Tuesday, TTF staff and board members joined area environmental and political leaders at an exciting event at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center: the EPA’s official endorsement of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters plan. TTF is proud to be a partner in this plan, which emphasizes green solutions to Philadelphia’s stormwater management problems.

At the event, Mayor Nutter, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson praised the plan. We were especially thrilled to hear Mayor Nutter mention our creek!

For more about yesterday’s event and the Green City, Clean Waters plan, check out this article from The Inquirer. From the article:

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Mayor Nutter and other officials at the Fairmount Water Works to sign the agreement for a 25-year plan that has been described as one of the most innovative and ambitious in the nation.

It will transform not only how the city handles storm water – treating it as a resource instead of a waste product – but also how the city looks.

Greenery planted to soak up rainwater will also beautify streets, which could increase property values. Shaded homes will be cooler in summer, which could lower electricity bills. Air quality should improve.

“The city has earned a place as a national and global leader on sustainable innovation and clean water protection,” Jackson said at the signing, noting that it was a fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year.

Read the rest here!

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