Plastikos Inc. and Urban Engineers partnered with Environment Erie and PA Sea Grant to use greener solutions for managing stormwater runoff to eliminate flooding and improve water quality in Lake Erie and its tributaries. Rain gardens were installed at the Plastikos headquarters on Hawthorne Drive in Summit Township and the parking lot at Urban Engineers at West 13th and Sassafras streets in the City of Erie. Environment Erie and PA Sea Grant worked with the owners at these sites to install the rain gardens and to use these projects and future ones to educate others so they, too, will manage stormwater, increase habitat and beautify a dull landscape. Funding was provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of the Great Lakes and from various sources, including the property owners. The Plastikos site was one of many stops for the EE/Pennsylvania Sea Grant “Managing Municipal Stormwater” workshop in April for municipal officials, landscape architects, engineers and the development community and others involved in managing stormwater. 

Issue Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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