Tag: green stormwater infrastructure

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments. At the scale of a city or county, green infrastructure refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provides habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, and cleaner water. At the scale of a neighborhood or site, green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water.

Random Facts About Water Harvesting

Random Facts About Water Harvesting

As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2016, let’s revisit Stormwater’s  top posts for the year.

This blog post received several comments in 2016.
Some Random Facts About Water Harvesting
In May 2016, the governor of Colorado signed a bill legalizing rain barrels. Before

Foliar Rainfall Factors

Foliar Rainfall Factors

Trees and forest systems play an important role in the water cycle by intercepting rainfall and regulating water flow to the soil for more efficient stormwater infiltration. Traditional urban development practices have reduced the function of these systems by eliminating the vertical structure (tree canopy cover), removing existing ground cover

Greening the Urban Water Supply

Greening the Urban Water Supply

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cities and suburbs are among the largest sources of water pollution in many parts of the US. As Lawrence Levine wrote in his NRDC Issue Brief, “Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance,” these cities

When the Snow Melts

When the Snow Melts

It might be summer now, but the nation experienced a particularly harsh winter this past year and Chicago, IL, was certainly no exception. The city reached a near-record 80 inches of snowfall for the 2013–2014 winter season and recorded the most days at or below zero of any Chicago winter

Making Rain Gardens Work

Making Rain Gardens Work

By Margaret Buranen Time is the test that reveals how well a rain garden is working. Time tells whether the rain garden’s design and construction are as effective as they were projected to be. Portland, OR, has a number of rain gardens that meet the test of time, including the

Exploring New Partners to Green Our Urban Landscapes

Exploring New Partners to Green Our Urban Landscapes

In the summer of 2012, the managers of the 1330 Boylston apartment complex in Boston, MA, installed a green roof, a stormwater-abating, energy-saving vegetative roofing system, that cost the company about $112,500. Though there’s a commonly held belief in the commercial real estate world that green stormwater management infrastructure doesn’t

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