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Commissioner Howard Neukrug

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Q&A Shines Light on Philly's Green Infrastructure Story

Our very own fearless leader, Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, sat down with the chief editor of Water Online, Kevin Westerling, for an extensive Q&A that shines light our internationally recognized green solution to Philadelphia's stormwater challenges - Green City, Clean Waters. And, we have to say, it's a flattering and fascinating read. Titled "'Super' Advice From Philadelphia's Water Commissioner," Westerling opens his piece by saying "It's not often that you have the opportunity to talk to a 'superhero' of sustainability," and goes on to cite our favorite magazine cover ever:

(Grid Magazine, December 2013.)

Here's a quick excerpt from the Water Online story's introduction:

Nationally, Neukrug's work is lauded and emulated. Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program is a model of stormwater management, and also a template for urban beautification and revitalization. In addition to receiving numerous accolades for water management and pollution prevention — Green City, Clean Waters was started in 2011 to reduce Philadelphia's combined sewer overflows (CSOs) — Neukrug was recently granted the 2015 Arbor Day Award for PWD’s greening of Philadelphia.

Click here to read on as they discus topics like how Green City, Clean Waters could be reproduced in other cities, increased investment in drinking water infrastructure and what we're doing to reduce water main breaks, climate change, funding for green tools, how green infrastructure fits into the bigger picture of maintaining traditional infrastructure, and how tools like our biogas power generation at a Water Pollution Control Plant can tie everything together.

Water Online describes their site as "the leading source of technical information and thought leadership for the drinking water and wastewater treatment community."

PWD Year-In-Review: Two Rivers, One Water, 12 Exciting Months

Every spring, each department of the city government testifies in front of City Council during the hearings about the budget for the next fiscal year. (Quick point: Philadelphia’s fiscal year ends on June 30. Fiscal Years correspond to their end dates. So right now we’re in the middle of hearings for fiscal year 2015 which begins on July 1, 2014.)

For the departments, it’s a chance to reflect back on the previous year and look ahead at the short- and long-term plans of the department. Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) will have its turn in the spotlight as Commissioner Howard Neukrug delivers his testimony to City Council. Since much of what is said during this testimony doesn’t get reported out to the general public, we thought we’d share some of these reflections of the past yearand plans for the coming year directly with you. Over the next few days we will post quick reads about what we think are some exciting developments and particularly interesting challenges. As always, to respond to anything you’ve read here or ask questions through our Twitter accountor by emailing

Wednesday we’ll kick things off with a quick review of our mission and share with you the major short- and long-term goals we identified in a recently completed Strategic Plan.

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