Philadelphia will hold mayoral elections in 2023, with the primary occurring on Tuesday, May 16. In preparation for that election, the Littoral Society and the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, along with and nine other organizations, have provided an educational primer on paths to clean water for all Philadelphians, outlining specific actions to make the city's waterways cleaner and more accessible to residents.
Philadelphia is blessed with some of Pennsylvania's most beloved waterways like the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. Sadly, discharges of raw sewage from antiquated combined sewer systems are a significant source of pollution for these great rivers and the communities through which they wind. Not only do the raw sewage discharges reduce the quality of life for all of the city's residents, they disproportionately impact communities of color, perpetuating environmental injustice for residents of disadvantaged communities.
The Green City, Clean Waters program has begun to reduce the volume of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by retaining stormwater using green infrastructure, but more needs to be done. We believe the following items would help remedy these concerns, advance the goal of the Clean Water Act to end all pollution from entering our rivers, and provide significant employment opportunities.
Organizations involved in this effort include: PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, the American Littoral Society, The Black Church Center for Justice & Equality, Clean Water Action, Clean Air Council, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Glen Foerd, the LandHealth Institute, the Sierra Club Pennsylvania, Upstream Alliance, and UrbanPromise.
To explore these recommendations, contact Tim Dillingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.