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Collect Rain With Style

Monday, July 11, 2011  |  None

The Philadelphia Water Department would never utter an unkind word about traditional rain barrels, but the sleek, ultra-modern version (they call it a "rain column") by local company Shift Space Design is making rain collection a whole lot more attractive....

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Take A Hike

Friday, July 8, 2011  |  MFritch

Philadelphia's rivers and streams provide ample opportunity for recreation; events in the coming week suggest it's hiking season in the parks and refuges near the water:...

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A Century Of Water Filtration

Thursday, June 30, 2011  |  MFritch

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s water filtration system, completed with the construction of the Queen Lane Filters in 1911....

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2011 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011  |  MFritch

Amid all the excitement over Philly's first green roof bus shelter two weeks ago, we buried some really big news that happened the same day: Mayor Michael Nutter released the 2011 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report....

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You're Invited: Stormwater House

Wednesday, June 29, 2011  |  MFritch

Thinking about making your home greener but don't know where to start? Wondering about the incentives and barriers to environmentally friendly improvements such as green roofs and downspout planters (pictured above)?...

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Life Aquatic: Mayfly

Monday, June 27, 2011  |  None

When the Philadelphia Water Department's aquatic biologists investigate Philadelphia's streams and rivers to take stock of the number and variety of species inhabiting our waterways (they call this process a bioassessment), they pay special attention to mayflies....

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