Category Archive: Green Infrastructure

Oct 03

Managing Stormwater and Sewage

In many parts of Pittsburgh, stormwater and sewage are carried in the same pipes. So during heavy rain, the system can overflow, and dump untreated sewage directly into the city’s rivers. “As we get more and more rain, it just is an outdated way of managing the flow of stormwater. And it’s just disgusting,” says Stephan …

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Sep 25

Riparian Buffers

A group of trees lining a babbling brook does more than make an idyllic picture. “It filters out nutrients, it holds soil in place, it adds shade when the trees have canopy to streams, and controls water temperature,” says Alysha Trexler with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. She says excess fertilizer from farm fields, dirt from rural …

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Aug 23

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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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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