Environmental Services has completed construction on a single green street planter 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.
The new green street planter removes about 200,000 gallons of stormwater from the sewer system every year. The green street is planted with low-growing vegetation adaptable to a variety of conditions. City maintenance crews visit the facility periodically to remove any debris and to weed, water and replace plants if needed.
Visit portlandoregon.gov/sustainablestormwater for more information on green streets and sustainable stormwater management in Portland.