Columbus Square

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

Case Study Source: The Joint U.S.-Brazil Initiative on Urban Sustainability, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Summary

The stormwater planters at Columbus Square are the first of their kind to be installed by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), converting a portion of Reed Street into a green street. PWD will use the lessons learned from this project to refine stormwater planter designs and their implementation. The PWD Office of Watersheds worked with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and many community partners to design a series of streetside stormwater planters that capture runoff from the contributing street and sidewalk. A stormwater planter manages street and sidewalk runoff through infiltration and evapotranspiration, or detention and slow-release when underlying soils do not allow for infiltration. The stormwater planters benefit streams and rivers by reducing stormwater flows into the overburdened combined sewer system, while benefiting the surrounding community by enhancing neighborhood aesthetics.

Application

This project is intended to reduce stormwater runoff and associated combined sewer overflows. It is also intended to inform future projects of its kind and to enhance neighborhood aesthetics.

Partners who contributed financially or in kind to this project include:

Philadelphia Water Department
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Streets Department
Columbus Square Advisory Council
Passyunk Square Civic Association
Christopher Columbus Charter School's Green Club

Contact Information

Philadelphia Water Department
Fax: +1 (215) 685-6043
Email: questions@phillywatersheds.org
Mail: Office of Watersheds
Philadelphia Water Department
1101 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Website: http://www.phillywatersheds.org