“When much of California is facing drought and limited water supplies, capturing and reusing every drop of water will not only be clever, but crucial. By moving water away from the people and places that need it, stormwater cannot percolate into the ground and replenish water we keep drilling deeper and deeper to reach. Californians can counteract the negative impacts of stormwater runoff by promoting water infiltration,” wrote Paula Luu.
University of Tennessee Research Project will Develop Guidelines for Use of Trees for Rainwater Management
The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” will study the impact of trees on storm water management. “There is a critical need to understand the role of trees in urban areas in terms of natural storm water treatment. The knowledge we gain will allow planners and engineers to better understand how to control floodwaters naturally,” said Jon Hathaway.
“The skills and resources needed for green infrastructure success cross many organizational boundaries — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, thinkers and doers. Urban resilience solutions must look across built infrastructure, green infrastructure and community-based adaptations rooted in social change. What will crystallize all of these best practices into common practice is the development of partnership templates and tools that link into a replicable model,” writes Jad Dayley.
Blue Urbanism: San Diego’s New Stormwater Permits will Change its Relationship with the Pacific Ocean
Imagine a city without rainspouts. Picture streets that absorb rain as it falls. “It matters a great deal. It matters because so much of how we define ourselves rests on our association with the ocean. We must protect our ocean. It defines us, it supports us, it distinguishes us from other communities,” stated Bill Harris.
Vancouver Island: Four Local Governments Collaborate as a Regional Team to Tackle Invasive Knotweed in the Comox Valley
“Now all four governments can benefit from the single education effort that is occurring, and all residents in the Valley are aware that their local governments take the issue seriously, regardless of what jurisdiction the knotweed falls within. In small rural communities such as ours this is the type of program that relies on collaboration for success,” stated Nancy Hofer.
“We require a healthy, natural living environment for us as a species to do well. So in order for the future to do well in Surrey, we need to ensure that biodiversity does well. And for that you need land and all of the services that biodiversity provides us,” said Deb Jack.
“For the first time, water efficiency, green infrastructure (such as green roofs and rain gardens), and other climate-resilient projects will be eligible for financing from a multi-billion-dollar state clean water fund, instead of having to rely on smaller grants. Their approach is a model for other states seeking to build sustainable, resilient communities that are prepared to combat climate change,” wrote Peter Lehner.
“Deal with emerging runoff, flooding and pollution problems at three different spatial scales,” urges British Columbia’s Hans Schreier
“It is becoming increasingly apparent that conventional stormwater drainage systems are ill prepared to deal with increasing rain events and a drastically changed land surface. The questions that needs to be asked is how can we deal with this new reality and how do we change the traditional stormwater management system to cope with more frequent and higher flood events?”, wrote Dr. Hans Schreier.
Flooding in Chicago Region: “Everything is to blame when ~10% of annual rain falls in 6 hours,” observed Deborah Shore, Commissioner
“Why did streets fill up and why did water back up into basements? Everything is to blame. No municipal system of sewer pipes can handle that much rain in such a short period of time. Moreover, the Chicago and metropolitan area is flat and we’ve removed the land’s ability to absorb the rain that falls upon it,” wrote Deborah Shore.
“Trees are the oldest form of green infrastructure in cities, but the urban forest is now broken. Planting trees in appropriate quantities of good soil and using stormwater and its nutrients to irrigate is beneficial to the urban forest and reduces city taxes by tens of millions of dollars,” stated Peter Macdonagh.