Sustainable Signs: Tree Wells

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David Phlegar

Stormwater Manager for the Divisions of Water Resources
City of Greensboro

No more gutters here!  Tree boxes, also known as tree wells, installed on the Downtown Greenway sidewalk near the Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments contain a special soil treatment to treat the dirty rainwater running off of Smith Street and surrounding streets, says David Phlegar, Stormwater Manager for the Division of Water Resources in Greensboro, NC.

“It’s one of the first places downtown that you’ll see an example like this,” Phelgar says. “It’s a lot easier to come in up-front in the planning and construction stages to do this, as opposed to after the fact.  We worked with the Downtown Greenway to comply with some of the future Jordan Lake Rules for nutrient management, as well as our regular storm water regulations to improve our water quality.”

More tree wells and other projects, such as creating alternatives to impervious parking lots, will be appearing around town. To learn more, visit the city’s Water Resource website at www.greensboro-nc.gov.

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