PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia is working towards greener days by implementing ‘Green Streets’ which will improve the health of waterways in the city.

Thursday afternoon city officials, community partners and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of Philadelphia’s first stormwater-friendly ‘Green Street’ at the “Soak It Up, Philly!” event on East Montgomery Avenue and Blair Street in Kensington.

This was the first in a series of ‘Green Streets,’ which are part of the environmentally sustainable plan called Green City, Clean Waters.

This plan is designed to improve the health of waterways by using a green approach. ‘Green Streets’ will work as a natural stormwater management systems that capture rain or melt snow, allowing it to soak into soil, filtering it and at the same time, reducing sewer overflows in Philadelphia.

The event included tours and demonstrations of green street features, art activities, flower plantings, snack, music and more. For more information visit Soak It Up, Philly!

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