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CONNECTING KIDS TO THE NATURAL WORLD.
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Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center

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Keywords: rain , climate change , stormwater management , flow through planter , diverted , sequestered , water loving plants , tree trenches , porous pavements , innovative , green infrastructure , Philadelphia , germantown , drains , watersheds , tookany tacony frankford , climate connections ,

Waterview Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia may seem ordinary enough. But this Rec Center boasts a number of “green infrastructure” techniques. Green infrastructure takes advantage of the natural water cycle process, instead of using “gray” methods like building more pipes and drains. During heavy rainfalls, the city's combined sewer system can be easily overwhelmed. Porous sidewalks, tree trenches, and a flow-through planter manage the water as it falls on the Waterview Recreation Center. These wonderful additions help protect local rivers and streams.

Climate Connections: Flow through planters are a green infrastructure tool being employed by cities to prepare for and adapt to climate change. Check out the Climate Connections in Teacher Resources!

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