Smaller Hydrologic Footprint

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.

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Retrofit Greener Urban Communities: 2006 WERF Report provided state-of-practice guidance for capturing rain where it falls to reduce CSOs

“Capturing rainwater where if falls offers appealing technical alternatives to stormwater runoff capture than conventional end-of-pipe measures. Decentralized controls have the potential to reduce the frequency and volume of CSO events. In addition, a decentralized approach to stormwater management allows communities the flexibility to respond to everchanging economic and environmental conditions,” stated Neil Weinsten.

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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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