Vacant land in Peoria, IL was transformed into green stormwater infrastructure that reduces sewage overflow while providing residents access to fresh produce, job training, and a safe community gathering place.
Grand opening of Well Farm sparks hope for Peoria's environment
The saying goes "When it rains it pours." And when it pours, the rainfall causes lots of issues in the River City.
"Growing" Stormwater Solutions (and Local Residents' Skills) - City of Peoria Stormwater Utility
Peoria has a special farm where bioswales, a stormwater forest and other green infrastructure absorbs excess stormwater and helps prevent sewer overflows.
City of Peoria Stormwater Utility
A Blueprint for Financing Green Stormwater Infrastructure | Conservation Finance Network
In a few Rust Belt cities that are seeking economic and social benefits, Greenprint Partners – formerly known as Fresh Coast Capital – is breaking new ground by financing fresh solutions for green stormwater infrastructure. It is using a combination of municipal, private and government resources. Its goals are to create a replicable model and expand the market.
Conservation Finance Network
In Peoria, Green Infrastructure As a Path to Social Equity – Next City
A first-of-its-kind project to divert stormwater, expand green space and create jobs.
The trees and plants at the Well Farm capture runoff from a 1.5 acre area, preventing an estimated 1.3 million gallons of stormwater from entering Peoria’s sewer system each year.
The Well Farm gathering place delivers $1.50 in economic activity for every $1 invested and has already created 30 full-time jobs.
The Well Farm is the winner of the 2019 U.S. Water Alliance U.S. Water Prize, the 2019 Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Award, and the 2019 Sun Foundation Making Waves Award.
The Well Farm project will capture more than 3000 pounds of harmful air pollutants over the next 30 years, and save more than $8,000 in public health expenses.
“This Well Farm project exemplifies the type of innovation that we want to support through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. The integration of green infrastructure, agriculture and agroforestry has the potential to deliver enormous benefits to Peoria and similar communities throughout the nation.”
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