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Partners in Project Green & Calstone Inc team to Harvest & Reuse Rainwater from 1Ac Roof

In collaboration with Partners in Project Green, Calstone, a green furniture manufacturer, is undertaking an innovative project that will include collecting and irrigating, storing or infiltrating rainwater from their 42,000 square foot roof.

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Partners in Project Green’s objective is to showcase lot-level stormwater management techniques to lower the burden on aging municipal stormwater management infrastructure. The eventual goal is to increase and replicate the number of stormwater management infrastructure initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area by taking a collaborative approach to their completion

“The idea started as a rainwater harvesting tank and some raspberry bushes. With the help of Partners in Project Green, the project has grown and we’re now committed to capturing 100% of the rainfall of our roof.” Jim Ecclestone, CEO/President, Calstone Inc.

With “Save the Rain,” Onondaga County Is a National Model for Sustainable Stormwater

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Shortly after her election in 2007, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney proposed a bold solution to address the county’s CSO issues: Rather than building more sewage treatment plants to meet the terms of a consent decree, Mahoney put a temporary hold on construction projects to determine the feasibility of incorporating the use of green infrastructure in combination with smart gray infrastructure.

Today, the Central New York community has become a national model for the use of environmentally sustainable solutions to reduce CSO pollution, and Mahoney is recognized as a pioneer in the field.

Using a combination of natural and engineered systems to capture rainwater where it lands, “Save the Rain” program has reduced the amount of stormwater that flows to storm drains, thereby reducing CSOs and improving the water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries.

Trees Tame Stormwater Interactive Poster

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Rain refreshes the land and nourishes the green landscape. But as houses, stores, schools, roads and parking lots spread and natural tree cover is lost, so is the absorbing effect of vegetation and soil. The welcome rain becomes costly stormwater runoff. Without the benefit of trees and vegetated infrastructure, waterways are polluted as oils, heavy metal particles and other harmful substances are washed away. Fish and wildlife suffer, drinking water becomes expensive or impossible to reclaim, property values are reduced, and our living environment is degraded.

Cutting the Curb for Beneficial Use of Stormwater

Over 40 community members arrived at 7:30 a.m. to learn about green infrastructure and a relatively new idea called low impact development. By lunchtime a 20-foot wide and 200-foot long area in front of Mesa Urban Garden and neighboring restaurant, República Empanada, had over fifty native plants installed, rockwork purposefully placed, and organic mulch topping the surface!

For the City of Mesa, the completed planting will provide a demonstration of specially designed landscaping, including curb cuts, to help capture and beneficially use stormwater runoff from the street and sidewalk. The project will allow City staff to evaluate low impact development practices, which is a requirement of Mesa’s municipal stormwater permit issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Some of the greatest benefits expected would be to reduce landscape water use while remediating polluted runoff before it reaches natural waterways. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

See the full story written by Donna DiFrancesco here: http://ht.ly/GeRJx

Roanoke Outside is spot on: if the Roanoke River is not clean, it ceases to be an asset

One of the most important and prominent natural asset in the region is the Roanoke River that snakes through downtown and the surrounding area. The river traces the path of the greenway system (or vise versa), and provides the rare opportunity for urban fishing and paddling. That is why keeping it clean is vital to the region; if the Roanoke River is not clean enough for these activities, it ceases to be an asset and actually turns into a huge negative for the community. ”
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So proud of Roanoke Stormwater employee Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson achieved a major milestone with the City of Roanoke this week. Mayor Bowers presented Harold with a 30-Year Employee service award at yesterday’s City Council meeting. http://ht.ly/GTKBX

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