History of Philadelphia's Waterways and Sewers
Building Philadelphia 2021 Spring Speaker Series

 

Watch ONLINE via ZOOM from the safety and comfort of your home. A link with instructions will be provided one hour prior to this virtual lecture. 

This lecture will be recorded and a replay will be available to registered participants.

"History of Philadelphia's Waterways and Sewers"

presented by Adam Levine, a historical consultant for the Philadelphia Water Department and webmaster of PhillyH2o.org, is the expert on all things water (or sewer) related in Philadelphia. He is also editor in chief of PHS Grow, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and author of five books on gardening.

As we walk around the city of Philadelphia, few of us think about the streams that once meandered across the city. Adam Levine will present a fascinating illustrated lecture that will uncover part of the city’s history that few people ever think about – the drastic changes made in the urban landscape since the city’s founding in 1682. Levine has been digging into the history of the city’s sewers and drainage systems since 1998. His talk will focus on the systematic obliteration of hundreds of miles of city streams, some of which had watersheds that covered thousands of acres. These streams were buried deep underground in pipes as large as 20 feet in diameter which now serve as main drainage arteries in the city’s 3,000 mile sewer system. The combined flow of sewage and stormwater in these pipes, which periodically overflow, has environmental repercussions that are still being dealt with today--not only in Philadelphia, but in any older city with a similar sewer system. This lecture is guaranteed to reveal a side of urban infrastructure you have never seen, and change the way you think about cities.

 

$15 | General Admission

$12 | Alliance Member 

Free | Students*

If you have been affected by the pandemic and would like to attend these virtual lectures but cannot afford to do so, please email Vinni Cheng vcheng@preservationalliance.com for complimentary access.

*For students, please email photo of valid student ID to Vinni Cheng vcheng@preservationalliance.com to register.

View speaker schedule at  https://www.preservationalliance.com/building_philadelphia_2021/


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