The Academy’s Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. Town Squares focus on critical global issues in environmental science by featuring prominent thought leaders and their findings on biodiversity, freshwater issues, climate change, and evolution. Environmental advocates, scientists, and community members come together for an opportunity to further their knowledge about environmental and sustainability matters through accurate, real-time scientific information.
Academy Town Square: Philly’s Innovative Water Systems: Yesterday and Tomorrow
May 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia has a long history of innovative water resource management starting in the 19th century with the Fairmount Water Works. Today, as cities across the nation grapple with the effects of climate change and aging water pipes, many are looking to Philadelphia’s ambitious plan to use natural systems to reduce the amount of polluted water entering streams through its sewer system.
At this Academy Town Square, presented with State Impact/WHYY, award-winning energy and environment reporter Susan Phillips moderates a discussion with Debra McCarty, commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department, and Glen Abrams, senior director of Planning and Sustainable Communities for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. They’ll outline some of the innovative programs underway, including Green City, Clean Waters and RainCheck, and ideas for the future.
Also, PWD historian Adam Levine will give a fascinating illustrated overview of the many creeks that once flowed through southeastern Pennsylvania. Levine describes himself as “obsessed by the subject of urban sewers, urban watersheds and the unfortunate intersection of the two.” He’ll take us on an inside tour of the massive infrastructure that provides Philly’s drinking water.
This event is free, but registration is requested. Click here to register.