Environmental Services is finalizing plans for a single green street planter to be constructed at the corner of NE Monroe and Rodney Streets in Portland (see map).
What Is a Green Street?
Green streets are planters that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and plants filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system which reduces the possibility of sewage overflows and basement backups. Green streets also replenish groundwater supplies and add green space to neighborhoods. Environmental Services builds green streets throughout the city.
Environmental Services is designing a green street project at the corner of NE Monroe and Rodney Streets. The green street planter is expected to remove about 200,000 gallons of stormwater from the sewer system every year. After construction, the city will plant the green street with low-growing vegetation adaptable to a variety of conditions. City maintenance crews will visit the facility about four times a year to remove any debris, weed, water and replace plants if needed. The city welcomes help from neighbors with weeding, watering (especially during hot weather), litter removal and keeping the inlet free of leaves and debris.
Visit portlandoregon.gov/sustainablestormwater for more information on green streets and sustainable stormwater management in Portland.
You may see markings on the street, or crews preparing for construction. Construction is tentatively scheduled for August 2014.