Category Archive: Green Infrastructure

Aug 01

Are you rain ready?

A new tool for assessing your flood risk: Many people in the Great Lakes region have experienced the misfortune of finding water in the basement during heavy rain. Now a free online tool called ‘My Rain Ready’ can help homeowners assess and address their flood risk. Marcella Bondie Keenan of the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood …

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Jul 30

A Green Makeover in Milwaukee

A green facelift for an aging parking lot: The parking lot for the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center sits right up against Lake Michigan… Peschel: “It doesn’t drain very well and the water that runs off of that parking lot runs directly into Lake Michigan without any type of treatment.” That’s environmental engineer Robert Peschel …

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Jul 17

Trees as Stormwater Managers

A growing solution to stormwater runoff: If you’ve stood under a tree to stay dry during a storm, you know that leaves and branches can slow or even stop raindrops. Ted Endreny of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry says in a drizzle… Endreny: “The canopy can capture nearly …

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Jul 15

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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Jul 12

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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