The Philadelphia Water Department has been on a sidewalk-mangling tear lately, but it’s all for good reason. Those bulldozers rumbling around across from the POPE at Passyunk and Dickinson, next to CVS at 10th and Dickinson and a couple blocks along 12th Street near Tasker have all been working on more rain gardens and other stormwater management implements.
Passyunk and Dickinson. See that pink rectangle? There’ll be a few of those with plants
Stormwater planters will be on 10th and on Passyunk, and check the image below for the plans along 12th, which include a stormwater “bump-out,” which is the first time we’ve ever heard of such a thing.
Much like the rain garden we told you in October at 12th and Reed, these projects are intended to keep stormwater from overrunning our outdated sewers. Maintenance of the plantings will all be contracted out by the Water Department, which is also pursuing partnerships with the neighborhood groups, said the department’s Joanne Dahme.
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The big hole that formed a couple weeks ago next to the Columbus Square dog park at 12th and Reed is a rain garden being built by the city.
Making progress – on Saturday
Joanne Dahme at the Water Department says the garden will collect street runoff from 12th Street and from Reed between 11th & 12th, “keeping it out of our combined sewer.” Expected completion is mid-November and a department contractor will maintain it.
“We will also be reaching out to the community about an evolving Adoption Program where we will be asking residents to help us keep [it] litter-free and to keep an eye on how the rain garden looks
on a regular basis,” Dahme said. “The Passyunk Square Civic is one of our partners in this program.”
The rain garden is part of a 25-year effort called Green City, Clean Waters, which aims to reduce the load of rainwater flowing into the city’s aging sewer system. The same project was the reason behind the stormwater planters on the west side of the park along 13th Street. And according to a map of planned projects, another rain garden is being designed for the northeast corner of the park.
What the future holds
A couple weeks ago
Check out more specific plans, including the types of plants being used, here:
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