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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Looks great! Feels bad!




At first blush this looks great. And in fact, it may be great.

A smarter approach to America’s infrastructure crisis is brewing underneath Philadelphia, where an aging “combined sewer system” that collects wastewater and storm water in the same pipes dumps raw sewage into the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers during heavy rains. Engineers have proposed a $9 billion storage tunnel under the Delaware to stop overflows and comply with EPA regulations. But Mayor Michael Nutter doesn’t have $9 billion, and if he did, he wouldn’t want to bury it 150 ft. underground.

Instead, the city has launched a remarkably aggressive campaign to keep storm water out of its sewers in the first place with the help of rain barrels and rain gardens, vegetated green roofs and permeable green roads, new trees and new parks. A green road looks like any other road, but rain that falls on it slowly percolates underground instead of zipping into a storm drain. The eventual goal is to capture runoff from one-third of the city’s impervious surfaces and make 15 sq. mi. of man-made, urban jungle function more like a natural forest.

Nutter, who has pledged to turn Philadelphia into the greenest city in America, has a nice riff about treating water as a resource instead of a waste product and how it’s fun to convert parking lots into parks. But he isn’t some tie-dyed hippie tree hugger. He wouldn’t be so excited about green infrastructure if he didn’t think it could help him comply with the Clean Water Act for about $7 billion less than a giant tunnel would cost. (See pictures of New York City going green.)

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Let's say it could be done for $2 billion.

Okay fine.

But why shouldn't the Mayor and the city father increase their taxes to pay for it?? They cause the problem. They pay for the problem.

You know local government, local control, local solutions.

Instead they want to ship the problem off to Washington and have the rest of us pay for it.

That is typical of the Left.

That feels bad.

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