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Unpave a Parking Lot and Put Up a Paradise: Using Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services to Achieve Cost-Effective Compliance

September 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10824

Issue: 9

Author: Robert B. McKinstry Jr., H. David Prior, Jennifer E. Drust, Ana C. Montalbán, and Kimberly D. Magrini

Philadelphia has agreed to implement a long-term plan to employ ecosystem services provided by green stormwater control infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows and achieve compliance with the CWA. The $2.5 billion Green City, Clean Waters Program, to be implemented over 25 years as a part of the city’s larger “Greenworks” sustainability initiative, will save the city approximately $8 billion over traditional grey infrastructure.

Robert B. McKinstry Jr. is a Partner in Ballard Spahr’s Philadelphia Office and is the Practice Leader for its Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. H. David Prior is a Partner in Ballard’s Public Finance Department and has represented the Philadelphia Water Department as bond counsel for over 25 years. Jennifer E. Drust is an Associate in the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources Group, and Ana C. Montalbán and Kimberly D. Magrini are Associates in the Public Finance Department.

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