Greener Parks for Cleaner Waters
Home to two major rivers and a vast network of creeks and streams, the City of Philadelphia is also one of the nation’s most urbanized cities. Over the past century, many of Philadelphia’s creeks and streams have been replaced with sewer pipes and the city’s natural surfaces paved over or developed. This urbanization has essentially changed the water cycle by preventing infiltration and groundwater recharge while compromising the water quality of receiving rivers. To address federal requirements to improve water quality, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has designed a stormwater management plan, known as Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), tha....
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