“The goal of Blueprint Columbus is to ‘treat the cause, not the symptom’, This means working with residents to improve drainage from homes by installing sump pumps, redirecting roof run-off and repairing ‘laterals’, the pipes that carry wastewater from houses. And on a larger scale, it involves building a system of green infrastructure to keep excess stormwater from entering the sanitary system in the first place,” says Dax Blake.
Smaller Hydrologic Footprint
Soil is a vital component in landscape architecture, from providing the material to create artificial hills to the planting medium that serves as the fundamental nutrition for our plants. “Soils support buildings and infrastructure. So it needs to be viewed in a kind of holistic way,” says Susan V Fisk.
“Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative” promotes collaborative approach to achieving Watershed Health Goal
“In Year 3, the program is built around an Inter-Regional Collaboration Workshop Series. The spotlight is on the Watershed Health issue and how to move forward with implementation and integration, really. This sharing and learning process aligns with
each region’s priorities and individual work plans. The deliverable is ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015,” reports Peter Law.
“The Light Imprint methodology has expanded its educational outreach and professional contributions to become a recognized rainwater mitigation practice. Light Imprint green infrastructure is compatible with urban design that emphasizes compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented design, and environmental efficiency. It is designed to reduce community infrastructure costs,” states Thomas Low.
“The city has invested more than $25 million over the past decade in gray infrastructure improvements to increase the capacity of the city’s wastewater system,” said Lancaster Mayor Richard Gray. “In spite of this investment, a significant amount of untreated combined sewage continues to overflow into the Conestoga River and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.”
Implementing Green Infrastructure: “Philadelphia is leading by example,” says US Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe says Philadelphia is leading by example in implementing green infrastructure storm water management practices. “Storm water management, which sounds like such a dry subject, although it is very wet, is turning into something much bigger.”
“The language-shift that you have initiated in British Columbia is what we would like to see happen in Portland. This is one reason why the Bureau of Environmental Services has coined the RAIN acronym because we believe this will help promote changes in thinking and practice so that we achieve beneficial outcomes,” stated Tom Liptan.
“The urban landscape may be a concrete jungle, but it does not need to behave like one,” says Leta van Duin of ALIDP
“Designers have long known the toll that compacted turf-and-tree landscapes and hardened surfaces like roofs, roads and parking lots take on our lakes, rivers and streams. So low impact development is really a statement of a desired outcome–the outcome of a holistic approach to urban drainage management,” states Leta van Duin.
“The key concept driving this project is the value of ecosystem services. In a place like New York, it can be more cost-effective for a construction project to use natural system designs for water management,” said Tom Keiter.
Wetland Conservation in a Watershed Health Context: “Watershed Blueprints will help municipalities integrate and better deliver on regulatory requirements,” says Kim Stephens
“A watershed blueprint helps to create a picture of how to achieve a desired future condition. If communities reduce their ‘water footprint’, and if local government actions ensure the integrity of groundwater flow, they can then protect watershed and stream health. This is a reason for conserving wetlands,” stated Kim Stephens.