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).

American Water Announces 2017  Environmental Grant Award Recipients

American Water Announces 2017 Environmental Grant Award Recipients

Company Awards Nearly $168,000 to 40 Community Improvement Projects

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today the recipients of the company’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program awards. Forty projects throughout American Water’s service areas in 10 states will be supported by grants totaling

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.”

StormCon Program

StormCon Program

StormCon 2017, the Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo, will take place August 27–31 in Bellevue, WA, at the Meydenbauer Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference features more than 130 presentations in six conference tracks, plus panel discussions and a tour of local stormwater facilities.
The schedule of presentations

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

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