Smaller Hydrologic Footprint

Leading Changes in Infrastructure Practice in the United States: What is Blueprint Columbus?

“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.

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NEW ONLINE RESOURCE: Getting the Dirt on Dirt

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.

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“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.

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“Light Imprint Handbook: Integrating Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Community Design”

“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.

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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.

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