D.C. officials check out green infrastructure work in Brightwood

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Mayor Muriel Bowser, center, was among the officials to experiment with permeable pavement installed in Brightwood. (photo courtesy of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority)

Top D.C. officials visited Brightwood last week to see green infrastructure being installed there, which includes permeable pavement, rain gardens, and downspouts that funnel into rain barrels.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd were among the officials on hand on Oct. 23 around the intersection of 3rd Street and Madison Place NW.

The District government and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority are both working to reduce stormwater runoff, which can overwhelm sewers during heavy rain and cause sewage overflows.

Green infrastructure projects are in the works around the city, with varied installations planned in locations that include Chevy Chase, Glover Park and Brightwood.

“These projects will build greener and more attractive neighborhoods, create local jobs, and improve the health, quality, and flow of our local rivers,” Bowser said in a news release.