Rainwater Management

    Pervious Pavers: Choosing products and installation methods

    Permeable Pavers – photo
    Stormwater Magazine – September 2009
    Permeable pavement is one of four recommended low-impact development (LID) methods promoted in an LID manual being developed by Sarasota County, Florida, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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    Soils for Salmon

    “Soils for Salmon” is an initiative of the Washington Organic Recycling Council. Soil performs valuable functions: nourishing plants, absorbing and cleaning stormwater. These functions are often degraded during development when soil is removed or compacted. Restoring healthy soil is essential to protecting our waterways and salmon, and our way of life in the Puget Sound region. Builders, developers, and landscapers are adopting practices that preserve and improve the soil on building sites, and protect waterways, and local governments are beginning to require it.

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    Setting Soil Standards in King County, Washington, with the Future in Mind

    King County in Washington State became one of the first jurisdictions in the United States to adopt and implement a post-construction soil standard. Its regulation went into effect January 1, 2005. King County’s post-construction soil standard has changed the way developers plan and develop a site in unincorporated parts of the county.

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    Minnesota Stormwater Manual

    Published in 2005, the first half of the Minesota Stormater Manual is dedicated to the general Minnesota context for rainwater/stormwater management. The second half of the manual, which includes many diagrams and formulas, is intended mainly for professionals—but homeowners should find useful content as well. The Minnesota Stormwater Steering Committee referenced the British Columbia Guidebook, published in 2002, as an example of an innovative manual. The British Columbia Guidebook was prominently referenced in the 2004 Request for Proposals.

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