You're Invited: Philly's First Porous Street

Join us for the unveiling of the city's first porous green street1 today on the 800 block of Percy Street. This green infrastructure project is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Water Department and the Streets Department; the porous asphalt allows stormwater runoff to infiltrate the surface and is stored in a stone bed until it can be absorbed by the soil. Preventing runoff from entering our sewers during rainstorms alleviates combined sewer overflows and protects the health and quality of our rivers. It's all part of PWD's Green City, Clean Waters plan to manage stormwater with green infrastructure, an approach that maximizes economic and environmental benefits to all parts of the city.

Skeptical about porous paving? Come out and toss a water balloon; you'll see firsthand how the paving soaks up water.

Date: Tuesday, May 10

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: 800 block of Percy Street (between Christian and Catharine, between 9th and 10th)

Those attending the unveiling include Mayor Michael Nutter, PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Streets Department Commissioner Clarena
Tolson, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, and Councilman Frank DiCicco. Check back here tomorrow for photos of the event and the complete, green and porous Percy Street!

1 You might be wondering: Is this really Philadelphia's first porous street? What about cobblestone? Traditional cobblestone such as the type that is found in Philadelphia is not porous, as the stones are mainly set in impervious mortar.

Cobbs Creek 5K Run/Walk

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Rain didn't dampen the first annual Darby-Cobbs 5K Run/Walk on April 23rd—approximately 150 participants and mayors from three municipalities (including Philadelphia's own mayor, Michael Nutter) showed up for the event. The runners and walkers were able to enjoy the scenic setting of Cobbs Creek Park and experience the unique, trail-like nature of the course. The Philadelphia Water Department was proud to co-sponsor the event, held to raise awareness of the resources of Cobbs Creek Park. All proceeds from the 5K go directly toward revitalization of the park. Learn more about the park here or check out the activities and resources available at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center. Thank you to our friends and co-sponsors:

2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show

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The Philadelphia Water Department is proud to be a part of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show. The theme of our exhibit, co-sponsored by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, is Springtime In Paris. The goal of our exhibit is to correlate the health and cleanliness of local waterways with the beauty of flowers and plants in an urban environment—whether it's Paris in the 1920s or modern-day Philadelphia. On display are three examples of urban stormwater management: a sidewalk stormwater planter, porous pavers and a downspout planter. More info on the exhibit here.

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