Green streets and rain gardens help reduce stormwater draining to sewer pipes, helping the city avoid installing larger pipes. In targeted areas, the City partners with property owners to design and build stormwater facilities to be safe for the site and neighboring properties. The program is voluntary and the property owner maintains ownership at all times. Following construction, the property owners maintain the new rain gardens.
Environmental Services recently partnered with a property owner at SE 14th and Powell in the Brooklyn neighborhood to manage stormwater from a total of 8,000 ft2 of roof area. This planter manages an average of 176,000 gallons of stormwater entering the local sewer annually. This project was constructed by Braun Construction.
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Learn more about these projects by visiting the Private Property Retrofit Program and the Tabor to the River Program.