Portland A Hotspot for 'Stormwater Tourism'

Portland's "Green Streets" program is becoming a new tourist attraction in the city, which officials from other cities are visiting to learn from the Pacific Northwest's model water treatment infrastructure.
March 30, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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The program replaces the typical curb-and-gutter system of many streets with plantings, permeable ground covering and innovative catchment systems that help reduce pollution from runoff.

"So popular is the 'Green Streets' program that the city publishes a map on its website directing tourists to the most exciting storm sewer sites.

'When we started this 10 or 12 years ago, there was a lot of skepticism,' says Dean Marriott, director of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. 'Today, many cities are moving in this direction. People want to see how it's done.'"

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Published on Monday, March 29, 2010 in USA Today
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