Water Quality

Philadelphia International Airport is situated near the confluence of the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River, and is adjacent to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum Township.  Water is essential for human life and plays a vital role in the proper functioning and health of the Earth's ecosystems.  Water pollution has a serious impact on human life, and can negatively affect the use of water for drinking, household needs, recreation usage, fishing, industrial processes, agriculture, transportation, and commerce.  The pollution of a water body can also negatively impact ecosystems and the species supported by these ecosystems.  Wetlands play an important role in improving water quality and also provide wildlife habitat for the Philadelphia region.  Philadelphia International Airport  strives to protect critical habitat on and around Airport property and performs wetland mitigation in relation to construction activities.

Philadelphia International Airport seeks to reduce adverse impacts to waterways and wetlands in the vicinity of the Airport through the following initiatives.

Water Quality and Wetlands Protection

Green Roof Feasibility Study