Category Archive: Green Infrastructure

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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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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Nov 28

Greener Ground, Cleaner Water

Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff. Tune in for some technicolor: When it rains, it pours…off pavement and into sewers and so-called “grey infrastructure.” This can overwhelm the system, sending pollutants past water treatment centers… straight into creeks and streams. So to absorb and filter stormwater where it falls, …

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Nov 19

Does Your Garden “Grow” Clean Water?

Rain gardens rock at capturing and slowing rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground so pollutants can be filtered out. Dig it: Rain is a good thing, right? Right—except for when it runs right off the land, picking up pollution all along the way. When fertilizers, herbicides, and oils are carried through drains …

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

Nov 16

Praise for Native Grassland Prairies

Native prairie grasses aren’t just pretty—they also improve water quality across the Midwest. Listen up: How do we love native grassland prairies? Let us count the ways—or at least, let us recount the number one water-related way: When restored, native grassland prairies can improve water quality big-time, and help prevent erosion during heavy rains. Once …

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