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Blending  interests of land and water  Clean  Water …   Green  City Howard M. Neukrug, PE Director, Office of Watersheds
A new approach for SUSTAINBLE Cities!! MSU Green Roof Research Program  (courtesy Old House Journal)
Innovations Innovati ve where needed? Watersquares
 
<ul><li>Technically feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Cost beneficial, </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable and adaptive, </li></ul><ul>...
Re-defining our Industry <ul><li>Environmental Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed ...
Linking land and water Land Water Infrastructure Community
Philadelphia Water Department Office of Watersheds <ul><li>An integrated utility: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking Water </l...
<ul><li>Unite the City with its water environment </li></ul><ul><li>Create a green legacy for future generations </li></ul...
How to Manage Stormwater Old   Approach – Collect it and pipe it away quickly!
How to Manage Stormwater <ul><li>New Approach – </li></ul><ul><li>Temporarily hold it on site to allow it to: </li></ul><u...
 
Green Grey Infrastructure Solutions
 
 
Sustainable Site Design Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
<ul><li>Planning for land can improve our water </li></ul>
<ul><li>Planning for our water can improve our land </li></ul>Civic Vision for the Central Delaware
Why is Green Infrastructure Critical to Philadelphia? <ul><li>Shrinking cities </li></ul><ul><li>Old infrastructure </li><...
The old approach to managing water
 
 
 
Crooked Streams are a menace to life and crops… In addition, much of the dirt is loosened and later scoured out by the wat...
 
There are significant issues ahead of us for improving the water environment PLUS:  LTCPU, 308 letter, state COA, new perm...
 
Overflow Compliance Costs Washington Pittsburgh Philly Population (million) 2 0.850 2 Service Area (mi 2 ) 725 200 286 CSO...
Our Approach for investing in CSO reductions <ul><li>Keep stormwater out of the sewer </li></ul><ul><li>Spend capital doll...
The Public is equally interested in all things water
 
Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened”  we will...
Green Infrastructure  = Continuous Improvement
Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened”  we will...
Philadelphia’s 2006 Stormwater Regs have already reduced runoff by  (almost)  1 BG per year
Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened”  we will...
Creating an impervious cover rate charge
How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$ 270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul>
How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$ 270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>$ 310 mill...
Before and After restoration of an interceptor
 
Proposed Stream Corridor and Preservation Sites
How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$  270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>$ 310 mil...
Philly’s 8 green programs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Putting it all together
To rebuild our City
Overwhelming Public Support “ I love the idea! Please give us a greener Philadelphia. It would make us healthier and happi...
Imagine if we invested in Philadelphia’s green infrastructure …
Belmont Intake Riparian Restoration  Project Schuylkill River BEFORE AFTER
 
 
 
Washington Avenue
 
 
Port Richmond Rail Yards and Lehigh Viaduct
Frankford Avenue
 
 
Pier 70 Early Action
Penn Treaty Park
Spring Garden Street
Girard Interchange Connection
 
Clean Water Green City = Urban Waters Program? <ul><li>Based on Achieving Water Quality Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Improves p...
Working in partnership <ul><li>EPA -  OW, OECA, OWOW, ORD, smart growth, green jobs, environmental justice, brownfields an...
Clean  Water …   Green  City Credit: Maurer, City of Linz Questions???
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  1. 1. Blending interests of land and water Clean Water … Green City Howard M. Neukrug, PE Director, Office of Watersheds
  2. 2. A new approach for SUSTAINBLE Cities!! MSU Green Roof Research Program (courtesy Old House Journal)
  3. 3. Innovations Innovati ve where needed? Watersquares
  4. 5. <ul><li>Technically feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Cost beneficial, </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable and adaptive, </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive of the goals of the: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Water Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Drinking Water Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Air Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Sustainability </li></ul></ul>Green infrastructure is :
  5. 6. Re-defining our Industry <ul><li>Environmental Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders in Sustainable Design </li></ul><ul><li>Regional partners </li></ul><ul><li>Community based collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting the urban landscape </li></ul>
  6. 7. Linking land and water Land Water Infrastructure Community
  7. 8. Philadelphia Water Department Office of Watersheds <ul><li>An integrated utility: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wastewater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A new integrated approach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waterways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Unite the City with its water environment </li></ul><ul><li>Create a green legacy for future generations </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate a balance between ecology, economics and equity </li></ul>Clean Water … Green City
  9. 10. How to Manage Stormwater Old Approach – Collect it and pipe it away quickly!
  10. 11. How to Manage Stormwater <ul><li>New Approach – </li></ul><ul><li>Temporarily hold it on site to allow it to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Infiltrate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaporate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be Reused </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Green Grey Infrastructure Solutions
  12. 16. Sustainable Site Design Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
  13. 17. Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
  14. 18. Courtesy of WRT and PennPraxis
  15. 19. <ul><li>Planning for land can improve our water </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>Planning for our water can improve our land </li></ul>Civic Vision for the Central Delaware
  17. 21. Why is Green Infrastructure Critical to Philadelphia? <ul><li>Shrinking cities </li></ul><ul><li>Old infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing the old approach is unsustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Large percentage of low income households </li></ul><ul><li>Community renewal </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental justice </li></ul><ul><li>Urban waters and corridors, parks, open space, </li></ul>
  18. 22. The old approach to managing water
  19. 26. Crooked Streams are a menace to life and crops… In addition, much of the dirt is loosened and later scoured out by the water …which rushes swiftly through the straightened channel
  20. 28. There are significant issues ahead of us for improving the water environment PLUS: LTCPU, 308 letter, state COA, new permits
  21. 30. Overflow Compliance Costs Washington Pittsburgh Philly Population (million) 2 0.850 2 Service Area (mi 2 ) 725 200 286 CSO Area (mi 2 ) 19.5 60 64 Number of CSOs 53 > 300 166 Overflow Volume (BG/Yr) 2.5 14 16 Compliance Costs $ 2.65 Billion $2 - $3 Billion $ BILLIONS
  22. 31. Our Approach for investing in CSO reductions <ul><li>Keep stormwater out of the sewer </li></ul><ul><li>Spend capital dollars above the ground, not below it </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage other sources of money </li></ul><ul><li>Restore the urban waterways </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that for PWD to be a sustainable utility, our city must be sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Solve multiple problems at once </li></ul>
  23. 32. The Public is equally interested in all things water
  24. 34. Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened” we will reduce about 1 Million gallons of runoff per year </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve continuous improvement for water quality </li></ul>
  25. 35. Green Infrastructure = Continuous Improvement
  26. 36. Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened” we will reduce about 1 Million gallons of runoff per year </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve continuous improvement for water quality </li></ul><ul><li>The more change that occurs through normal urban renewal, the less it will cost </li></ul>
  27. 37. Philadelphia’s 2006 Stormwater Regs have already reduced runoff by (almost) 1 BG per year
  28. 38. Our Approach…. <ul><li>Capture the first inch of each storm </li></ul><ul><li>For every impervious acre “greened” we will reduce about 1 Million gallons of runoff per year </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve continuous improvement for water quality </li></ul><ul><li>The more change that occurs through normal urban renewal, the less it will cost </li></ul><ul><li>Use incentives to increase the rate of change </li></ul>
  29. 39. Creating an impervious cover rate charge
  30. 40. How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$ 270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul>
  31. 41. How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$ 270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>$ 310 million Stream Corridor Restoration and Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fishable, Swimmable, safe, attractive and accessible” </li></ul>
  32. 42. Before and After restoration of an interceptor
  33. 44. Proposed Stream Corridor and Preservation Sites
  34. 45. How our Rate Payer’s money will be invested <ul><li>$ 270 Wet Weather Treatment Plant Upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>$ 310 million Stream Corridor Restoration and Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>$1020 million Green Stormwater Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Vision: “Philly’s 8 green programs to manage every acre of imperviousness” </li></ul>
  35. 46. Philly’s 8 green programs
  36. 55. Putting it all together
  37. 56. To rebuild our City
  38. 57. Overwhelming Public Support “ I love the idea! Please give us a greener Philadelphia. It would make us healthier and happier all around.” - Response to the question, “ Are you in favor of greening?” (PWD “Green Neighborhoods through Green Streets Survey.”)
  39. 58. Imagine if we invested in Philadelphia’s green infrastructure …
  40. 59. Belmont Intake Riparian Restoration Project Schuylkill River BEFORE AFTER
  41. 63. Washington Avenue
  42. 66. Port Richmond Rail Yards and Lehigh Viaduct
  43. 67. Frankford Avenue
  44. 70. Pier 70 Early Action
  45. 71. Penn Treaty Park
  46. 72. Spring Garden Street
  47. 73. Girard Interchange Connection
  48. 75. Clean Water Green City = Urban Waters Program? <ul><li>Based on Achieving Water Quality Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Improves public health, the environment and quality of life and builds community capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Makes environmental stewardship relevant to new sectors of society </li></ul><ul><li>Green jobs and volunteerism </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable over generations </li></ul><ul><li>Restores the urban waterways and the communities that surround them </li></ul>
  49. 76. Working in partnership <ul><li>EPA - OW, OECA, OWOW, ORD, smart growth, green jobs, environmental justice, brownfields and land revitalization, smart growth, Region 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ACE, HUD, Commerce, US Forest Service, National Park Service, USDA </li></ul>
  50. 77. Clean Water … Green City Credit: Maurer, City of Linz Questions???
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