Before the plan to fix our sewers gets submitted to the EPA, changes
need to be made. Right now, our local sewer authority is planning to
build giant tunnels under our rivers that will cost us more than $2
billion and not even fix the problem of raw sewage going into our
rivers. This is not acceptable.
Green solutions need to be a part of the plan! Infrastructure like green roofs, permeable pavement, rain gardens and street trees will capture stormwater where it falls. These solutions help us improve air quality, revitalize business districts, create permanent jobs and increase home values.
Today, citizen based environmental groups released an open letter to Mayor Michael Nutter about openness in policy making and planning around solid waste management in Philadelphia. The text of the letter is below.
As Brady Russell, Eastern PA Director, Clean Water Action said, "Clean Water Action believes that waste reduction is only going to move to the next phase in Philadelphia once the Streets Department opens upto involving environmental organizations and the community in setting policy, setting goals and solving this city's problems with trash. Thanks to the other environmental organizations who are standing together to push for more accountability for City Hall and its approach to solid waste management."