Category Archive: Development

Dec 18

Floating Urban Islands

Floating gardens in the Chicago River provide new habitat for wildlife: For many years, Chicago’s rivers have been used for transportation and commerce… Damato: “…But now they should be used for habitat and interaction.” That’s Zachary Damato of the nonprofit Urban Rivers. His group is installing man-made floating wetlands in the Chicago River. They’re essentially …

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Dec 17

Less is More, When it Comes to Runoff…

Cities are using green infrastructure to meet EPA clean water standards. Listen up: Too much rain…and too many people using a lot of water can overwhelm aging stormwater systems. That can cause them to overflow and dump pollution into rivers. Instead of rebuilding systems or adding bigger pipes, many cities are turning to green infrastructure …

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Dec 07

Stormwater Fountain

A fountain that does double duty: In Milwaukee’s inner harbor district, you’ll find a unique fountain, where water spills out of plant-filled boxes into four attractive pools. Jim Wasley of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee says the fountain uses runoff captured from the roof of the adjacent building and landscape. He says, “We’re keeping that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/stormwater-fountain/

Dec 05

iTree Hydro

Technology goes out on a limb for clean water. Listen up: Trees slow, absorb, and purify rainfall. That helps decrease runoff and stormwater pollution. Now, a software tool called I-Tree Hydro helps city and regional planners measure the exact water benefits of tree cover versus impervious surfaces in their community. Ted Endreny of the State …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/itree-hydro/

Nov 29

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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