a culvert sitting under a bridge is surrounded by plants and flowers
Natural Stormwater Solutions A stormwater retention site in Kemble Park, Philadelphia. © Steve Weinik

Land & Water Stories

Soaking Up Stormwater

Hear from scientists and community partners working to manage the threats of stormwater in the third episode of the Destination Nature podcast.

Destination Nature: Soaking Up Stormwater

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city benches on a street are surrounded by flood water
Philadelphia Flood Water surrounds city benches during a flash flood in Philadelphia. © Reggie/Creative Commons

When a storm rolls in and raindrops hit the city streets, where do they go?

Stormwater is becoming a challenge in cities, threatening the health of the people who live there and the ecosystems that surround them. In this third episode of Destination Nature hear from urban conservationists and community partners about the challenges of stormwater and the natural solutions which bring hope.

Learn More About:

·       The threats of stormwater to nature and cities

·       The role and benefits of nature in cities

·       How TNC is working with communities and city partners.

Community Conservation: A Visual Story

Bringing nature into neighborhoods begins with the community. TNC and partners listen to residents and local partners to understand their needs and work together to plan how nature can help.

a group of community members sit around a table
Listening to Communities TNC staff and Philadelphia community members discuss challenges facing the community. © Julie Ulrich/The Nature Conservancy

The Belmont neighborhood in Philadelphia faces flooding of their streets and parking lots every time it rains. Homes can also flood, leading to water damage and mold.  

a large flood of water fills up a parking lot outside an apartment building
Flooded Parking Lot Stormwater overflow sits in a parking lot in the Belmont neighborhood of Philadelphia. © Marc Steiner

Through partnerships with the community and organizations such as the Friends Rehabilitation Program, TNC is working to bring nature’s solutions to neighborhoods. Not only do gardens help mitigate the effects of stormwater but they also provide benefits to the community such as fresh produce.

danyell brent is standing in front of the garden he tends to
Building a community garden Danyell Brent works with the Friends Rehabilitation Program to bring more gardens and green space into his community. © Marc Steiner

Danyell Brent works with the Friends Rehabilitation Program to create community gardens in his neighborhood of Belmont. These gardens help soak up stormwater that could otherwise wind up on the paved roads and parking lots. 

a man holds four red tomatoes in his hands
Homegrown tomatoes Danyell Brent displays the bounty of tomatoes from his community garden in Philadelphia. © Marc Steiner

What's exciting about Philadelphia is we are trying to provide a model of how you can do large scale change in a city, create a big piece of green infrastructure to solve a problem, but also prove it benefits the local community.

Lead Scientist, Global Cities
a scarecrow with a smile sits in a planter of a small garden
Community Gardens Planting community gardens provides many benefits including rainwater retention and fresh food for neighborhood residents. © Marc Steiner

Episode Resources

About Destination Nature

Destination Nature is a new podcast series from The Nature Conservancy that brings conservation stories to your computer.  Three pilot episodes launched in the summer of 2019.  In each episode we explore a new project, talking with TNC staff and partners about our work in action. 

Email our team to share your thoughts about the Destination Nature podcast or to suggest topics for future episodes at destination.nature@tnc.org.

Destination Nature Podcast

Listen to all three episodes of Destination Nature