Green Solutions to Stormwater Management

April 1, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EST
National Webcast
Just two inches of rain falling on the roof of a small house can send over 600 gallons of water down the drain spouts. In most cities, this combines with the runoff from other impervious surfaces like sidewalks, driveways, and streets, to wash millions of gallons and tons of trash, oil, animal waste, and other pollutants into city sewers. After that, the best case scenario is that the wastewater flows to municipal treatment plants, although in some cases the path of polluted stormwater empties right into local rivers, creeks, and other waterways that eventually make their way to drinking water sources. So on multiple levels, stormwater management is a critical problem.

Downloadable Resources:
Green Solutions to Stormwater Management Resource List
Howard Neukrug, City of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
In October 2009 the City of Philadelphia announced a $1.6 billion plan to transform the city over the next 20 years by embracing its stormwater- instead of hustling it down sewers and into rivers as fast as possible. The proposal, which several experts called the nation’s most ambitious, reimagines the city as an oasis of rain gardens, green roofs, thousands of additional trees, porous pavement, and more.

Dennis Lee, Executive Director, Project NEAT (Philadelphia, PA)
The American Cities Foundation created the Neighborhood Environmental Action Team (NEAT) Project as an environmental demonstration and education project intended to reduce the pollution and debris in Philadelphia’s stormwater system. Project NEAT provides a series of innovative educational programs designed to reduce the pollution of stormwater by encouraging urban greening, neighborhood clean-ups, and changes in behavior to reduce litter.
Susan Pringle, Executive Director, UC Green (Philadelphia, PA)
UC Green has partnered with Project NEAT to help manage Philadelphia’s stormwater situation by removing concrete from sidewalks to plant 200 trees and native plantings per year. Over the last decade, UC Green has recycled over 34,000 sq. ft. concrete for new tree pits to reduce runoff.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Green infrastructure for stormwater management: rain gardens, pervious materials, trees, and more.
* Increasing public awareness and knowledge about stormwater issues.
* Why cities like Philadelphia are committing to ambitious green infrastructure projects.
* Employing best practices for neighborhood-level water pollution prevention.
* Working with agencies in charge of pollution control and water quality protection.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.