Feb 2013

POLIS Water Sustainability Project celebrates milestone as an advocate for “thinking like a watershed”

“More than a decade into the 21st century, the idea of collaborative watershed management has come of age, and watershed groups across the province are eager to participate. It is all about learning to think like a watershed. That is our vision. By examining all actions in the context of the watershed, we can move toward a governance system that is rooted in ecological principles, and shift the focus towards managing the people within a watershed, rather than controlling the watershed itself ” emphasizes Oliver Brandes.

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Webinar on “Green Infrastructure & Community Design: Rainwater Management”

“Effective rainwater management requires a focus on the harmonization of man and nature AND the skill sets of a spectrum of professionals and citizens. Too often, the reverse is true. A key goal of the Rainwater-in-Context Initiative is to help get the United States on the correct path for sustainable rainwater management practices,” states Paul Crabtree.

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Webinar on “Voodoo Hydrology” – February 21st

“Urban hydrology, as commonly practiced, is an inexact science at best. If we were omniscient, we could do an exact job of urban hydrology. Instead, we rely on engineering judgment and guesswork, ultimately striking a compromise between accuracy and data availability, and resulting in an answer that is close to correct,” states Andy Reese.

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Are Rain Gardens Mini Toxic Cleanup Sites?

“Rain gardens and similar environmentally friendly stormwater infrastructure are being embraced worldwide because they do their job so well. The worry is that these same, very efficient rain gardens that are cropping up in our parking strips and front yards are doing their job so well that they could become residential toxic sites. But in fact are they? Not according to the research that’s available,” writes Lisa Stiffler.

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