Philadelphia Water: From Creek to SewerPhiladelphia Water: From Creek to Sewerhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/157322KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2010-11-03T19:30:002010-11-03T21:30:00
November 3,2010 7:30PM–9:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
As you walk on many of Philadelphia's sidewalks, beneath your feet is a hidden world of streams that once crisscrossed the city. Join us for a fascinating illustrated lecture that will uncover part of Philadelphia's history that few people ever think about - the drastic changes made in Philadelphia's landscape since its founding in 1682. Historian and archivist Adam Levine has been digging into the history of the city's sewers and drainage systems since 1998, and his talk will focus on the systematic obliteration of hundreds of miles of surface streams. Buried deep underground in pipes as large as 20 feet in diameter, these former streams—some of which had watersheds that covered thousands of acres—became main drainage arteries in the city's 3,000 mile sewer system. These massive alterations to the landscape, undertaken over two centuries, have environmental repercussions that are still being felt today. This lecture is guaranteed to reveal a side of the Philadelphia you have never seen, and change the way you think about cities in general.
Adam Levine is a consulting historian to the Philadelphia Water Department, and has been involved in the creation of many of PWD's educational programs over the past ten years. He maintains a website that is a treasure trove of watershed, sewer and Philadelphia history at www.phillyh2o.org. He is also the author of many articles and four books; the most recent is A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region
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