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Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Streetscapes Goes Green

 
 
Streetscapes Goes Green Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 6, 2020
1. Streetscapes Goes Green Marker
Inscription.  
Nearly 300 years ago the town was developed adjacent to the 250 million year old warm mineral springs. Berkeley Springs has always been about promoting and preserving clean water. Today, the town is green, committed to integrating environmental practices into its Streetscapes work and other projects.

The new Streetscape sidewalk, seating and planter system works in a simple way to keep Warm Springs Run clean as it moved through the town to the Potomac River. Rain, or stormwater, soaks through the gaps in the pavers that line the sidewalk and enters into an innovative green technology buried beneath the pavers known as Silva cells. The revolutionary system is a Lego-like configuration of frames providing structural load support for the surface pavers, while promoting non-compacted soils in the planters to easily soak up rain water and encourage tree and root growth. Although they remain out of sight, keep in mind the Silva cells below the paver areas are a high functioning subsurface stormwater system; one of the first in West Virginia.

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This circa 1915 overlook photo of the area today
Streetscapes Goes Green Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 6, 2020
2. Streetscapes Goes Green Marker
impacted by the Streetscape project shows an unpaved Fairfax Street to the right and cutting through the center of the photo Warm Springs Run with the Washington Street bridge crossing it. Just a few years earlier, the area adjacent to the stream and to the left of the photo was active with tannery structures that poured toxic water into the Run.

In 2012 a flash flood reminded residents of the need for a robust storm water management system. The view is looking north along Washington Street.

 
Erected by Trustees of Berkeley Springs, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 37.628′ N, 78° 13.66′ W. Marker is in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is on North Washington Street (U.S. 522) just north of Fairfax Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 N Washington St, Berkeley Springs WV 25411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Graham (here, next to this marker); Frederick Conrad / Robert Rutherford (a few steps from this marker); Berkeley Springs / James Rumsey (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Hugh Walker (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan County Veteran's Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); William Herbert / Dr. John Meade Travers (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle for Bath (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan County Court House Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley Springs.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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