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College students to develop green infras

College students to develop green infrastructure designs to manage Stormwater in the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Stormwater is one of the nation’s most significant challenges to water quality. It pollutes our nation’s streams, rivers and lakes, posing a threat to human health and the environment and contributing to downstream flooding.

Since 2012, more than 300 student teams have entered the competition. These teams, working with faculty advisors, develop green infrastructure project proposals for their campuses. These projects show how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.

Competing teams have until Dec. 19 to submit their entries. Student teams can win up to $2,000 in prize money and faculty up to $3,000 for green infrastructure research and training.

For more information on Campus RainWorks, go to

For more on last year’s Campus RainWorks Challenge winners, go to

Ever been through this tube in Vancouver

Ever been through this tube in Vancouver’s Olympic Village?

Did you know it’s an old stormwater pipe from under the streets, and that the wetlands it is laid over are a part of an innovative-yet-simple system that uses plant life to clean the rainwater that pours into them from the streets of this neighbourhood instead of having the dirty, oily water going directly into the ocean like it does from EVERY OTHER STORM DRAIN in our city? Really. Everywhere else it goes from that oil leak under your car almost directly into the ocean. This structure is fun for kids and is quite something to look at but is really just a wayfinder for people looking to learn about the things that make our neighbourhood the best planned one in… in… well, the world if you ask the Urban Land Institute and other organizations who have lauded and awarded it over the years.

New Blue roof and green roof combination mimics natural stormwater systems

Blue roof and green roof combinations captures 740 million gallons of water every time it rains

The goal of this green infrastructure programs is to mimic natural systems in order to manage stormwater on-site and minimize problems such as polluted runoff and basement backups. The alternative solution involves the expansion and maintenance of traditional grey infrastructure systems. The goal, known as Fresh Coast 740, is to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains. Vegetal i.D.’s Stock & Flow system is a reservoir below the green roof that adds 2 inches of rainwater capacity to a traditional green roof, passively irrigates the plants, and controls the way in which water is released from the roof. The company recently launched a pilot project to demonstrate the performance of Stock & Flow. The project will compare stormwater management performance of two versions of Stock & Flow, a typical extensive green roof and a standard roof. They will also measure performance metrics such as the productivity of the plants and their ability to cool the roof. This study will also assess the costs and benefits associated with these systems. This will enable policy makers and sewer system managers like MMSD to better understand the costs and benefits associated with these systems.

Enter to Win a free Artistic Rainbarrel on the Roanoke Stormwater Facebook page

The City’s new Stormwater Division, in collaboration with the Roanoke Arts Commission and Roanoke City Public Schools, is hosting a Rainbarrel Art and giveaway program. Between 4pm today and 4pm on Monday, October 27th, anyone who has “Liked” this same post on the Roanoke Stormwater Facebook page will be entered to win one of the dozen artistic Rainbarrels. Find it here:

See a pic of the students and the artistic barrels here:

The goal of this project is to promote use of Rainbarrels as one of the cheapest and easiest Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Rainbarrels provide a variety of Stormwater benefits including: Saving clean water for use on lawns, gardens, and for outdoor cleaning; Reducing water bills, especially in the summer; and Reducing urban runoff and Stormwater pollution. Homeowners in the City of Roanoke can also get 10% credit on their Stormwater Utility fee for installing a rainbarrel.

Fishburn Park Elementary is the City’s environmental school, so those students were chosen to apply their artistic talents to a dozen Rainbarrels. Similar to the student painted Snowplows this past fall, City Facilities staff will apply a clearcoat of paint prior to the Rainbarrels being put into use.

The Stormwater Division would like to thank the Roanoke Arts Commission for allocating “Percent for Art” funds to cover the cost of paints and supplies as well Kevin Connley and the staff of locally owned Landscape Supply and The Turf Store for donating the dozen Rainbarrels for this project.

Best of Luck to everyone!

Green Infrastructure Is Becoming Mainstream

Green Infrastructure Is Becoming Mainstream – Sustainable Cities Collective

Green infrastructure is now big time, given the head of water for the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) is now promoting its benefits. At the E.P.A’s Brownfields conference in Atlanta, Nancy Stoner, assistant administrator for water, said she tells people who don’t know what green infrastructure is that it’s about “spreading water out, slowing it down, and soaking it in.” Stoner; Joe Dufficy, land revitalization manager, E.P.A.; and Walt Ray, a registered landscape architect and director of visioning, Park Pride, then moved through a set of projects to illustrate how green infrastructure works, how the E.P.A. can help, and how one group in Atlanta is addressing some challenging flooding problems.

Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will keep 2M Gal of Stormwater out of Sewers

Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of Stormwater from Entering Sewers –

by Sherrell Dorsey
Installation of a green infrastructure project in the Edenwald section of the Bronx will prevent nearly 2 million gallons of stormwater from entering the sewer system each year. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection invested $300,000 in building 22 bioswale curbside gardens designed to collect and absorb rainwater. By managing runoff from roadways, sidewalks and rooftops, the project seeks to improve the health and cleanliness of the Hutchinson River and New York Harbor as well as the surrounding community.

Stormwater Management Is Everyone’s Concern

Stormwater Management Is Everyone’s Concern – From one state to another: water’s movement in our planet

Posted on 2014/07/16 by neoli
Once upon a time, the rain fell in lovely droves. It freely splattered and gushed and rushed and rolled. And then all that energetic water promptly drained into the earth, absorbed by the roots of plants and trees, and naturally filtered through soil and rocks before getting stored underground.

And Then the World Was Paved…

From one state to another: water’s movement in our planet (Image from


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