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EPA Grants Support Urban Watershed Research

January 23, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to five universities to evaluate green infrastructure practices in urban areas. With Philadelphia serving as the pilot area, the EPA has partnered with Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program to identify cost-effective and innovative approaches to reducing runoff from combined sewer systems that may overflow during heavy rainstorms.

Green infrastructure investments make communities cleaner, healthier, and more attractive places to live and work by retaining or redirecting water into the ground, where plants and soil will naturally filter the water. They not only help avoid system overflows that channel untreated wastewaster directly into waterways but also reduce violations of the Clean Water Act.

This research represents a broad, long term investment to implement green infrastructure storm water management practices. The following universities received these EPA grants:

  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Temple University, Ambler, Pennsylvania
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy