Category Archive: Stormwater Management

May 16

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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May 15

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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May 11

Wetlands, Extreme Rain, and Climate Change

Wetlands slow and absorb water, making them critical for flood control as extreme weather becomes more common. Slow down and absorb this: Wetlands were once seen as boggy, buggy swamps with no value. Many were filled in and paved over to make room for new development. William Coon, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, …

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May 10

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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May 07

The Rain Barrel Barrels Back

The humble rain barrel is an easy-does-it way to save water and money. Listen up:  Most old technologies fade into obscurity, but the classic rain barrel is making a splashy comeback. Why? Because it’s an old-fashioned idea that still works. The barrel collects the water that usually pours down your gutters and often into storm drains. …

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