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I will soon begin a project to develop Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) plans for three locations in the Delaware Direct and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watersheds. With the help of a $60,000 grant from the US EPA’s Urban Waters Small Grant program, we will use a public participatory planning and geodesign process to implement the projects with support from three community partners: New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), and the Asociacion Puertorriquenos En Marcha (APM). The goal is to develop places that, while providing green stormwater management, are locations that individuals and families can put to good recreational use — pocket parks for example. Working to implement community-driven geodesign is an exciting process. You’re working to develop practical plans that also fulfill community needs based on the direct input of residents who truly know the neighborhoods in which they live, work and play.

With Rose Gray, Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development for the Asociacion Puertorriquenos En Marcha, on one of the green roofs of Paseo Verde in North Philadelphia

With Rose Gray, Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development for the Asociacion Puertorriquenos En Marcha, on one of the green roofs of Paseo Verde in North Philadelphia

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