October Meeting – Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Programs and Incentives
This CSI Program will focus on PWD Programs, Incentives, Grants and City of Philadelphia Green Roof BIRT Tax Credits.
Green stormwater infrastructure includes a range of soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion of it into the air, and in some cases release a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system.
Impervious surfaces, such as roadways and buildings, are characteristic of urbanized landscapes. As land development increases, it leads to replacement of pervious areas with impervious surfaces, causing an increase in stormwater runoff volume and combined sewer overflow (CSO) episodes. In turn, this affects Philadelphia’s watersheds by impairing water quality and degrading stream habitats. Our vision is to protect and enhance our watersheds by managing stormwater runoff with innovative green stormwater infrastructure throughout our City, maximizing economic, social, and environmental benefits for Philadelphia.
Integrating green stormwater infrastructure into a highly developed area such as Philadelphia requires a decentralized and creative approach to planning and design. Various tools can be implemented to accomplish this, including stormwater planters, rain gardens and green roofs. All of these tools help to reduce runoff volume and filter pollutants by intercepting stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system.
Erin Williams and Melissa Muroff, Esq.
Erin Williams manages the Stormwater Billing and Incentives Program under the Environmental Services Division of the Philadelphia Water Department. As director of this program, Erin oversees staff responsible for maintaining and enhancing a stormwater billing database, working with Philadelphia ratepayers, and administering and pushing for new incentives-based programs. PWD launched its first grant program, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program, for private property owners in 2012, and most recently rolled out the Greened Acre Retrofit Program. Both programs aim to generate greened acres and assist customers in receiving stormwater credits. Before taking over this program Erin reviewed stormwater management plans for private development. Erin received a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2008 from Drexel University located in Philadelphia where she focused on water resources and urban hydrology. Melissa Muroff, Esq. is Vice President of Roofmeadow, an award-winning green roof civil engineering and design firm specializing in elegant and inventive designs. Roofmeadow’s multidisciplinary staff of landscape architects, civil engineers, horticulturalists and construction specialists works collaboratively – from concept design through long-term stewardship – to foster landscapes on structure that are designed to Engineered to Endure, Proven to Perform, and Guaranteed to Last.
Date - 10/27/2014
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monthly Meeting Cost, Schedule and Parking
Philadelphia Chapter Member with reservation: dinner included with dues.
There is no charge to attend just the program.
Please sign up by noon of the Wednesday before the meeting.
Our meetings are held at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
4:30 p.m. Board Meeting
5:30 p.m. Social Time (cash bar)
6:15 p.m. Dinner (full course buffet)
7:00 p.m. Business and Program
The hotel has a parking garage. The cost to park in the garage will be $7 with a discount pass you can obtain at the meeting.
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