Environmental Services recently completed construction on a green street facility on SW Huber Street near Quail Post Road to reduce flooding problems and protect water quality in local streams. The storm drain was too small to handle heavy stormwater flow and clogged easily with leaves and other debris. This caused stormwater to pool, flow over the curb and cause flooding problems for downstream property owners. The fast-flowing stormwater also carried pollution from SW Huber Street to Quail and Tryon creeks.
The vegetated green street on SW Huber collects and slows stormwater runoff. Stormwater will flow into the green street and native plants will filter pollutants before it flows to Quail and Tryon creeks.
The City of Portland is a recognized leader in green stormwater management. There are 1400-1500 individual green street facilities throughout Portland. Green infrastructure such as green streets keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. To learn more about various approaches to Sustainable Stormwater Management visit our website.