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    • Soil testing day at 25th and Tasker garden | By Ali Marisa Photography

Free soil testing for city-owned gardens and lots through brownfields grant

About 20 community gardens on publicly-owned land could receive a free soil assessment from the City in the next two years, to find out if there are potential contaminants in the…

    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

    • Herb Henschke refills his water bottle at a kiosk near the Fairmount Water Works. | Samantha Maldonado

Drink Tap: Public water kiosks help Philly hydrate on Schuylkill River Trail

It's been nearly three months since the Philadelphia Water Department installed four new, blue water kiosks along the Schuylkill River Drive between the Water Works and East Falls. Each kiosk urges…

    • Crane Arts Building, Phillytrax

City advances redesign for North American Street, including 28-foot wide bioswale

North American Street could become the city’s premiere example of a green street, using the road’s expansive width to soak up stormwater with a 28-foot wide bioswale running up the center…

    • Pervious surface at Paseo Verde

The economic benefits of Green City, Clean Waters

Philadelphia Water’s big investments in green stormwater infrastructure during the Nutter years have earned major plaudits from sustainability advocates, and captured the attention of national and international civic leaders…

    • Workers examine a sinkhole in Kensington. (Bobby Allyn/WHYY)

Sinkholes, another byproduct of Philly's aging infrastructure

James Stuckey is a deliveryman at Franco's Pizza at the corner of Tulip and East Huntingdon Streets in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Here's how he described the giant fissure that spontaneously spread…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • A scene from two days after the water-main break at East Falls' Bakers Centre. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Reparations for businesses impacted by massive Bakers Centre water-main break remain uncertain

The giant crater has been paved over. The cause of the 13-million-gallon water main gusher has been determined. And the store buildings have been repaired and are open again at Bakers…

    • May 1 flood damage, Photo courtesy of Fairmount Water Works
Eyes on the Street

Fairmount Water Works still recovering from May 1 flood

The rainstorm that flooded the Schuylkill Banks, left passengers stranded on the roof of a SEPTA bus and forced the grade-level CSX pedestrian crossing at Locust Street to close, also…

    • The reconfigured and reconstructed west branch of Indian Creek, Photo courtesy of PWD
Eyes on the Street

City "daylights" first creek, restoring it from sewer to stream

Beneath Philly’s streets lies approximately 3,000 miles of sewers - both manmade channels and creeks that were capped and incorporated into the sewer system as the city developed. Now, thanks to…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: Workshopping green stormwater infrastructure

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • Stormwater tree trench at Shissler Rec Center

Green Streets Design Manual makes street "greening" transparent, accessible

With all of the slush, snow, salt and grime, it may be hard to imagine Philly’s streets as anything other than gray, but the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia…

    • Bakers Centre update

Repair work and fiscal recovery continues one month after Bakers Centre water-main break

A month after a 48-inch water main ruptured at the new Bakers Centre shopping plaza in East Falls, work continues deep inside the gaping crater in the parking lot. Two neighboring…

    • Drains to River
Eyes on the Street

Student designs sought in three stormwater art contests

Ever wanted to add a bit of flair to manhole covers or stormdrains? Students, now's your chance.  The Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Schuylkill Action Network are hosting…

    • Bakers Centre water-main break

Investigation into massive Bakers Centre water-main break continues

Winter is water-main break season, and January has been a doozy.  On Jan. 12 alone, there were 25 main breaks across the city of Philadelphia,including a couple in Mt. Airy…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
Eyes on the Street

Three schools to get green stormwater makeovers

As the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) looks ahead to the new year, one thing they will continue to work on is bringing stormwater management infrastructure to schools across the city. Over…

    • The current playground equipment at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets in Mantua. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Eyes on the Street

Renovations planned for Mantua playground

By the summer of 2015, the corner of 37th and Mount Vernon streets in Mantua will have a revamped and greened playground thanks to a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation…

    • Tacony Creek Trail
Eyes on the Street

Staycation: Tacony Creek Trail

Under the Green City, Clean Waters plan, the Tacony Creek should be clean enough to swim and fish in within the next 25 years. This past spring the city and…

    • From Spruce Street, the school appears far off in the distance
Eyes on the Street

Greening initiative at Lea School gets boost from Water Department, PECO

This summer the Philadelphia Water Department and PECO committed significant green (read: financial support) to the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools' (WPCNS) efforts to green the schoolyard at Henry…

    • The Story of Water in Art
Eyes on the Street

Stormwater art speckles Christian Street

The 300 block of Christian Street has broken out in a rash of blue dots. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is some sort of guerilla street art, but these dots…

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