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Green infrastructure practices take root in Phoenix

Volunteers work to green the street at Primera Iglesia near downtown Phoenix in 2012.Beginning in 2011, Watershed Management Group initiated a partnership with the City of Phoenix and community members to plan and implement public demonstrations of green infrastructure (GI) on both private and public sites. Through grant funding from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, WMG implemented the first curb cuts and streetside GI sites in 2012 at Primera Iglesia, near downtown Phoenix. Similar practices were also installed at a number of residential sites in Phoenix.

Funding from the Arizona State Forestry department enabled WMG to expand our work with the City of Phoenix and partner with the Garfield/Roosevelt Row neighborhood to implement the first neighborhood-scale streetside GI demonstrations in the spring of 2013. To date we have installed dozens of basins and trees to capture stormwater runoff, provide shade, enhance the streetscape, and improve the livability of neighborhoods throughout Phoenix.

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