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.