Category Archive: Green Infrastructure

Feb 21

Breakwalls do more than protect harbors from waves

In the Milwaukee Harbor, a 500 foot section of breakwall has been re-designed to support fish. It’s made of huge boulders that fish can hide between. Then it’s covered by a layer of smaller rocks that create habitat for prey. John Janssen of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee studies life on this breakwall. He’s found …

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Jan 30

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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Jan 28

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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Jan 16

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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Jan 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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