D.C. Debuts Green Alleyway Project | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Debuts Green Alleyway Project

Play associated audio
Pervious concrete is a cheap and effective way to curb the harmful effects of stormwater runoff.
The Concrete Artisans
Pervious concrete is a cheap and effective way to curb the harmful effects of stormwater runoff.

City leaders say spongier surfaces could be the solution to polluted stormwater runoff.

Whenever it rains hard, "It would flow right off the sewers, carrying nitrogren and phosphorous and heavy metals and pet waste and all the stuff you don’t want to get into your water," says Meredith Upchurch, a landscape architect with the D.C. Department of Transportation.

But she says there’s a solution -- right in your backyard, or really your back alley.

"We've got our first permeable alley here and when the water goes in, it soaks right through. It’s going into this eight-inch slab of pervious layer of concrete and going into a gravel layer below and infiltrating into the ground," she says.

The city is using stimulus money to construct the new alley in Northeast, D.C. and eight more are planned throughout the District.

NPR

'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."
WAMU 88.5

To Help Fight World Hunger, You Can Overeat At José Andrés' 'Dine-N-Dash'

On June 9, 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter will take part in the Dine-N-Dash, an event to help José Andrés' nonprofit World Central Kitchen fight hunger across the globe.
NPR

Administration Announces Controversial Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

The Interior Department plans to conserve millions of acres of habitat for the greater sage grouse in 10 states. The move limits areas where petroleum and agriculture development can take place.
NPR

New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade

AMC's show Halt and Catch Fire chronicles the dawn of the PC-era at a time when companies like Texas Instruments dominated the Silicon Prairie. The second season debuts Sunday.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.