[CLOSED] Philadelphia Water Department Seeks Creative Ideas for Implementing Stormwater Management on Private Property

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has launched an open call for information and ideas to accelerate implementation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects on privately-owned land.

In 2011, the City of Philadelphia adopted the Green City, Clean Waters plan, an ambitious initiative to manage stormwater runoff from more than 30% of impervious surfaces in the City’s combined sewer service area using green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). Over half of the impervious surface cover in Philadelphia’s combined sewer service area is located on private property, meaning participation and involvement from the private sector is an essential piece of the Green City, Clean Waters plan.

In order to stimulate private investment in GSI, PWD developed two incentives program for private property owners and GSI contractors: the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) and the Greened Acre Retrofit Program (GARP). These programs contributed significantly to meeting PWD’s five-year targets for Green City, Clean Waters, producing more than 230 greened acres. “SMIP and GARP have performed beyond our expectations, and we are very pleased with the quality and number of projects coming out of these programs,” reports Marc Cammarata, Deputy Commissioner for Planning & Environmental Services at PWD. “Now we are starting to look further ahead, to understand what we can do to catalyze even more activity in this space.”

PWD has launched a Request for Information, to invite ideas to accelerate the implementation of private stormwater retrofits through modifications to its existing incentives programs or the introduction of an alternative GSI delivery program. The RFI is open to anyone with a solution to the challenge. PWD welcomes ideas from entrepreneurs, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, non-profit organizations, and others with an interest in green stormwater infrastructure. Responses are due by February 9, 2018, at 5:00 PM EST.

An information session will be held on January 10, 2018, starting at 9:00 AM, at the Philadelphia Water Department, 1101 Market Street, 5th Floor, Conference Room 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Click here to download the RFI.


Summary documents from the January 10th Information Session are now available.



SMIP & GARP Grant Awardess 2018.01.11

Click here to download a copy of the sign-in sheet.

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
4 comments on “[CLOSED] Philadelphia Water Department Seeks Creative Ideas for Implementing Stormwater Management on Private Property
  1. Avery Livengood says:

    The following question was submitted by email:

    Q: I’m not able to attend the information session on Wednesday–will the information provided be available?

    A: A copy of the presentation and a summary of the Q&A from the Information Session will made available online, at http://www.phila.gov/rfp. The materials will be uploaded and available approximately one week following the Information Session.

  2. jneukrug says:

    Hi Avery,

    Thank you for leading yesterday. Will the sign-in list be made available here?


  3. Avery Livengood says:

    The following question was submitted by email:

    Q: Are our responses to this RFI going to be posted publicly? It sounded like from your presentation [at the Information Session] that it was just going to be reference material for PWD to use internally, but I was told that maybe it is required to be public since it’s an official RFI.

    A: PWD does not plan to post responses to the RFI publicly, nor share them with other respondents. Our intended use of the responses is solely to inform internal decision-making and, potentially, future contract opportunities. However, please note that PWD is subject to state and local public disclosure laws, and as such, cannot ensure the confidentiality of any information submitted in your response.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.