By Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network
Join the DC Environmental Network for a networking opportunity with George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water and his team, presenting and answering questions about the proposed Green Infrastructure Project. This special event will be held on May 3rd at Noon at the offices of Global Green USA, 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. (Walking distance from Farragut North and McPherson Square Metro stops)
DC Water is proposing a pilot program, the Green Infrastructure Project, to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure (also known as low-impact development (LID)) on, in their own words, a “massive” scale. This program would cover 50 acres of the Potomac and Rock Creek sewer-sheds and could cost $10-30 million.
The Green Infrastructure Project would use rain gardens, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and other technologies to capture, infiltrate, treat and reuse polluted runoff before it enters the sewer system and ultimately our rivers and creeks. DC Water hopes that this project could result in some formula for substituting LID technologies and their associated benefits for already planned tunnels that are required under a 2005 court-ordered consent decree for the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek. DC Water would have to get other parties in the consent decree (including EPA) to agree to new deadlines to plan and implement the project.
Environmental organizations in the District who work on river restoration have a broad spectrum of opinions as to how or even if DC Water should move forward with this project. There is a growing consensus that we need more information and this DC Environmental Network discussion is an opportunity to have some of our questions answered.
DC Water Green Infrastructure Project Information:
All are welcome!