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Etna celebrates Green Infrastructure for Stormwater

Etna celebrates Green Infrastructure for Stormwater

By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The elegant grate with a pattern of fern leaves undulates from one circular tree grate to the next all the way down the block between Bridge and Freeport streets. Most of the 12 buildings along that block agreed to have their downspouts removed so the rainwater from their roofs is now routed under the grates to be filtered into the ground.

Etna Mayor Tom Rengers noted that the street is much prettier now, but added, “The real beauty of this is underground.”

He was referring to a system of pipes and holding tanks beneath the street that catch the storm water and then slowly release it into the ground.

The Environmental Protection Agency funded the first phase with a $415,000 grant. The next phase will repeat the grate for another block on Butler. The plan is being reviewed now, with construction funding pending, said Doug Goodlander, a program chief for the state Department of Environmental Resources.

Etna officials identified 25 sites where green infrastructure could have the highest impact and calculated that for a one-time cost of $6.1 million, the systems would divert 16.1 million gallons each year.

Phoenix Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure

Phoenix Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure Practices

More than 30 neighborhood volunteers, Youth Hostel guests, Green Living Co-op members, PDC and university students were on-site, eager to start the day’s activities. They were here to celebrate Earth Day by installing a green infrastructure retrofit project in the Garfield Historic District; an eclectic neighborhood that is part of the larger Arts District.

The event was hosted by Watershed Management Group, who designed the project and provided funding through a Community Challenge Grant from the Arizona State Forestry Division.

The project took place at two locations along 9th Street; a side street in the Arts District. The first location was in front of the aforementioned vacant lot on the NW corner of Roosevelt and 9th Street – a bleak corner that desperately needed some greening.

Test Water Quality Knowledge – Let’s be part of the solution, not the pollution

Test Water Quality Knowledge – Let’s be part of the solution, not the pollution.
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