We have the power to demonstrate our dedication to meeting Clean Water Act requirements while improving public rights of way and beautifying our City. Peoria is proposing a cost-effective approach using 100% green infrastructure. Rather than constructing more capital-intensive "gray" infrastructure (like pipes, tanks, or tunnels), the City seeks to employ proven techniques to prevent stormwater from entering combined sewers in the first place. From a single rainstorm, Peoria needs to be able to capture about 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water or about 37 million gallons.
This approach promotes the natural movement of water in a way that complements our City's unique natural topography and soil composition - instead of forcing it to wash down paved streets, into manmade drains, then into massive pipes and tanks. Reducing sewer overflows will reduce the loading of pathogens and other pollutants into the Illinois River. Although it won't solve all the river's problems, like siltation, it will be a start toward a cleaner river and healthier riverfront.