Philadelphia’s Green Storm Water Program
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has a world class green stormwater program that uses vegetation and trees to capture/ filter/ infiltrate runoff, reducing the stormwater discharges to the City’s rivers and streams.
The land adjacent to SEPTA’s property at the corner of E Durham & Sprague Streets could make a perfect green stormwater project, E Durham & Sprague Streets. A tree trench or bump-out could be built in Sprague Street, adjacent to the out-bound platform. Click image to enlarge
A green stormwater tree trench or bump-out could transform this section of Sprague Street by adding trees – vegetation, providing an attractive screen for the platform and Devon Village Wall as well as helping reduce stormwater runoff from the 7200 and 7100 blocks of Sprague Street.
This PDF file has been submitted to PWD to start the request process for considering this site for a PWD green stormwater project.
Very preliminary PWD feedback is that the E Durham – Sprague Street land adjacent to the outbound platform appears to be a viable site that PWD will consider adding to the list of future projects. While there are no guarantees and any actual work is a least 2 years away, the addition of a stormwater tree trench or bump-out to the 25 City Parks & Recreation trees and 23 SEPTA Sedgwick Station trees shows that we can transform our neighborhood.
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