Tag: rain garden

A rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater).

Stormwater Irrigation

During recent decades there has been a growing national recognition that shrubs and trees in urban landscapes have both environmental and socioeconomic value. Research has shown that vegetation along streets and parking lots can lower urban temperatures and energy consumption (Halverson and Heisler 1981, Scott et al. 1999); filter, degrade,

Solutions for the Drainage Dilemma

Solutions for the Drainage Dilemma

A quick perusal of once-popular English literature would show that the Victorians, and indeed a century of their predecessors, were eager to adopt any innovations to improve drainage. While most agrarian societies fought weather, taxes, and landlords to keep crops in the field, drainage for them and the estate managers

Reader Profile: Susan Bryan

Reader Profile: Susan Bryan

As the rain garden coordinator for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Office in Michigan, Susan Bryan calls the program a “nonpoint-source solution to nonpoint-source pollution.” Through the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Assistance Program—begun 10 years ago as the area became built out—residents are given technical assistance on creating rain gardens

Love and Haight

Love and Haight

This article presents a case study of the first green infrastructure (GI) Early Implementation Project (EIP), constructed under the Sewer ­System Improvement Program (SSIP) by the San Francisco Public Utilities ­Commission (SFPUC). The SSIP is a 20-year, multibillion-dollar citywide investment required to upgrade the aging sewer infrastructure to ensure a

One Small Step for Bugs

One Small Step for Bugs

Like the inhabitants of the tragically fated Roman city of Pompeii, which fell victim to fallout from the Vesuvius volcano, benthic macroinvertebrate organisms in long-established communities along the river bottom received no warning of the oncoming catastrophe. They, like their human counterparts separated by millennia (and phylum), may have seen

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”

Something New to Do in the Basement

Something New to Do in the Basement

Since its peak in the middle of the last century, the city of Detroit, MI, has lost more than 60% of its population, down from a high of 1,850,000 people. The decline of the auto industry, flight to the suburbs, and other factors have led to one of the most

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