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All posts tagged: Green City, Clean Waters





What's with the Requested Rate Change?: 9 Ways to Learn More, Get Involved

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Customers, City Council, Mayor Kenney, and the Water Rate Board were recently informed that we need to raise rates. Increased rates will ensure we have the resources we need to better maintain one of the oldest water systems in the country. As a part of the process—and to promote transparency—we are holding seven Public Input Hearings across the city.

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Join Us in Making Germantown's Bringhurst Park Greener

Monday, March 26, 2018

As part of ongoing efforts to involve residents in designing these planned green improvements, we are currently working with neighbors and others who use Bringhurst Park to revamp the space and add stormwater management features. A meeting to discuss the project and collect feedback about possible improvements will be held at the park on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.

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Calling Changemakers: Follow this AmeriCorps VISTA's Lead

Friday, March 23, 2018  |  Sam Boden

by Sam Boden, current VISTA | I jumped into my AmeriCorps VISTA service year with no idea what to expect. Even though I was provided with a project description and ample training from the city and CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service), I wondered how I would make an impact while working for a municipal water utility.

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We’re Wild About ‘Wonders of Water’: Come See PWD at the Flower Show!

Friday, March 9, 2018  |  Brian Rademaekers

Over here at the Philadelphia Water Department, there’s no shortage of people who proudly wear the “water geek” badge, and we’ve also got more than a few proponents of all things green and growing. So, you can imagine our delight after learning that the theme of the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show would be Wonders of Water.

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Coming up: Join Us to Discuss Ideas for Growing Private Green Infrastructure

Friday, December 29, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

We recently issued an official "Request for Information," or RFI, supporting the City's efforts to grow the footprint of green stormwater infrastructure on private and non-City property. To help answer any questions and provide more details about why we issued this RFI, we're hosting an information session on January 10, 2018.

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New 'Quiz,' Website to Jumpstart Your Discounted 2018 Green Home Upgrade

Monday, December 11, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Rain Check—our program best known for providing City residents with free rain barrels—is entering its sixth year with a new website designed to encourage more home landscaping projects that protect local waterways. By visiting the new Rain Check site, residents can now get a jumpstart on sustainable projects in the new year by discovering the best green upgrade for their property...

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1,000 Greened Acres (So Far): It Took a City

Monday, October 30, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

As we've seen over the last six years, to really transform Philadelphia's landscape on a scale that's big enough to have a real impact on our rivers, it takes more than just Water Department crews and contractors building rain gardens. In fact, it takes a whole city working together, not to mention supportive partners...

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We owe Philly's Clean Water Champions 1,000 (Green) Thank Yous

Monday, September 25, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

You're invited to celebrate 1,000 Greened Acres. Can you soak that in? Philly has created one thousand Greened Acres. Yes, it's impressive … but you want to know the best part? YOU did it: One rain garden, one Rain Check workshop and one Soak It Up Adoption cleanup at a time...

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Get a Preview of Germantown's Greener Future at October Happy Hollow Open House

Friday, September 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The Philadelphia Water Department is hosting an open house event for residents and community groups interested in learning about dozens of green stormwater projects planned for construction in the Germantown neighborhood in the coming years. A part of the City's 25-year Green City, Clean Waters program, the projects are currently in the planning and design stage...

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Sneak Peek: Cobbs Creek Oral History Project + Virtual Walking Tour

Friday, August 4, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Starting in 2015, the Philadelphia Water Department's Public Engagement team began recording conversations with members of the Cobbs Creek community. The goal? To better understand how people feel about Cobbs Creek—one of Philadelphia's seven major watersheds—and what they want to see for the neighborhood, the park, and the stream. You can get a sneak peek...

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CHOP Gets Recognition for Leading with River-Protecting Green Design

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

When leadership at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to create a brand-new, centralized facility for pediatric care, their primary concern was easing the stress young patients and their families often face while undergoing treatment. Today, that vision is recognized at the 12-story Buerger Center, a colorful University City building that opened in 2015...

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Thursday: Point Breeze Residents to Build New Features for Lot Project

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Following a successful June 10 community cleanup with Point Breeze neighbors that targeted a vacant lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street, we're heading back to the space this Thursday for a special event with Philly's Public Workshop. Residents are invited to join this collaborative “community build”...

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Love Your Park: Celebrate the Green Spaces Protecting Your Water

Friday, May 12, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

From the very beginning, the Fairmount Park system has been an important tool for protecting Philadelphia's rivers and streams, and to read the history of our park system is to read a story of city planners striving to create natural buffers to protect rivers and streams from industry and development..

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4th District Water Town Hall with PWD and Councilman Jones

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

A Water Town Hall will be held for residents of City Council's Fourth District on Thursday, May 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church, located at 3955 Conshohocken Ave. This public forum is the second in a series of Water Town Halls for Philadelphia City Council Districts and will feature Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty.

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Adopters Welcome New Green to Roxborough

Monday, April 10, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The members of the Friends of Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve seen here held a cleanup and planted wildflower meadow seed mix at a green stormwater swale located along Summit Avenue in Roxborough. The group maintains the site with support from a mini-grant provided through our Soak It Up Adoption program...

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Philly Science Fest Highlights Overlooked STEM-Water Relationship

Friday, April 7, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

When you turn on the tap for a fresh glass of Philadelphia water, do you think about all the scientists and engineers who make this daily convenience possible? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. But the fact is, science and engineering are a big part of the work we do at the Philadelphia Water Department every day...

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Philly's Latest Green Schoolyard Project Breaks Ground in Fishtown

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

On Tuesday, February 21, the Philadelphia Water Department joined a broad group of partners, including Fishtown residents, parents, teachers and students from the Adaire School community, City departments, the School District of Philadelphia, the William Penn Foundation and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land to break ground on Philadelphia's latest green schoolyard project.

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PPD Project Would Protect and Serve... Philly's Rivers

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

At the Philadelphia Water Department, we're always looking for ways to team up with sister departments like Parks and Recreation, Streets, the Dept. of Public Property and non-profits to build new Green City, Clean Waters tools that manage stormwater on public property...

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Pssst: Tips for the 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Philly students: Do you care about protecting our drinking water and aquatic wildlife? Have artistic talent? Want to win prizes for yourself, your teachers and your school? The 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest is now underway, and the deadline for submissions has just been extended!

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RSVP Now to Join 10,000 Friends in Honoring Green City, Clean Waters

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The Philadelphia Water Department is thrilled to receive the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania's Excellence in Public Infrastructure Award in recognition of the success of the Green City, Clean Waters program. Commissioner Debra A. McCarty will accept the honor at the 2016 Commonwealth Awards...

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Nominations Wanted: 2017 'Excellence in GSI Awards'

Wednesday, January 4, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

What projects and people are making an impact on green stormwater infrastructure in our region? Last year saw the first-ever Excellence in GSI Awards, an effort by the Sustainable Business Network's Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners to answer that question and highlight the best in local green stormwater projects and the people making them happen...

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