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American Planning Association: Economic Development + Stormwater – What’s New?

Economic Development + Stormwater – What’s New? American Planning Association national conference session titled “Shared Stormwater Systems as Economic Incentives.”

This booklet is a product of a 2014 American Planning Association national conference session titled “Shared Stormwater Systems as Economic Incentives.” The session, presented April 29, 2014 in Atlanta GA, outlines strategies for using shared stormwater systems to enhance the environment while attracting and retaining businesses.

Danielle Gallet of Center for Neighborhood Technology and Lisa Nisenson of the tech start-up GreaterPlaces wanted to go beyond the typical conference session and create a presentation that (1) gathered examples from green infrastructure practitioners, (2) provided the audience with the latest on “this is how you get green infrastructure done,” (3) leveraged the knowledge of the assembled audience, and (4) delivered a product community advocates and professionals could use long after the conference is over

Lots good pics, and how-to information from Show Me Raingardens

Lots good pics, and how-to information – Show Me Raingardens –
Turn Your Yard into a Super Hero

Rainwater is one of our most valuable natural resources. But even with a light rain, roofs, lawns, driveways, sidewalks and streets can shed millions of gallons of water that were once absorbed and filtered by the earth.

This runoff gathers pollutant and speed, finding its way into our creeks, streams and lakes – eroding shorelines and fouling the water. In heavy rains, we’ve all seen the damage flooding can inflict on our homes, businesses and communities.

Here’s where you and your yard can make a difference. Just one rain garden with one inch of rainfall can capture as much as 1,500 gallons of water

Michael Van Valkenburg’s New Toronto Park is a Stormwater Treatment Plant in Disguise

Michael Van Valkenburg’s New Toronto Park is a Stormwater Treatment Plant in Disguise
Full Original Story is here:

The park is designed as a “cistern” that stores and treats stormwater to protect the surrounding neighborhood from flooding. This is done through natural elements like plantings, bioswales, a landscaped berm, and a living marsh. But the play areas do their part as well. Water used at the large splash pad, for example, is treated and then directed back through the marsh.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure & Streetscapes

Green Stormwater Infrastructure & Streetscapes by Nathan Polanski

Integrating Green Stormwater Infrastructure into the Streetscape
Across the country, local governments are integrating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into the streetscape to manage urban stormwater runoff. More frequently implemented to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), streetside GSI also treats polluted runoff that includes oil, heavy metals, and carcinogens to help protect the quality of local water bodies. Often overlooked, however, is the vital role that GSI can play in creating a thriving, pedestrian-friendly streetscape by providing physical buffers, reducing imperviousness, increasing opportunities for tree canopy, mitigating heat island effect, and promoting traffic calming.

TEDEd: Where we get our fresh water – Excellent 3 min video

TEDEd: Where we get our fresh water – Excellent 3min video by Christiana Z. Peppard

Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth’s water, yet it is vital for human civilization. What are our sources of fresh water? In the first of a two part series on fresh water, Christiana Z. Peppard breaks the numbers down and discusses who is using it and to what ends.

Check this Rain Barrel Video – Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home

Check this Rain Barrel Video – very informative!

Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
from GreenTreks Network

Everyone’s heard terms like rainwater recycling, rain gardens, and rain barrels lately, but chances are pretty good that most of us don’t know what they mean–and if we do, most of us average folks probably think they’re far too complicated for us and best left to the hard core Greenies that live down the road.

Not so fast: Rain Barrels are easy to install, provide free water for non-drinking use–and best of all, MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO OUR LOCAL RIVERS AND STREAMS!

Seattle Focusing on Green Infrastructure for Stormwater

Seattle Focusing on Green Infrastructure for Stormwater
What Happened?
The Seattle Mayor’s office recently announced a new plan to better manage the city’s stormwater runoff to better protect the community from polluted water. The city plans to use natural drainage systems rather than pipe and tank structures to purify polluted waters by filtering it through vegetation and soil.

The mayor set a new goal of managing 700 million gallons of stormwater each year through green infrastructure by 2025. The distributed approach to stormwater management aims to make the city more resilient to sudden changes in weather patterns and climate without overspending valuable taxpayer dollars.


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