Tag Archives: Rain garden

NEORSD Unveils First of Core Green Infrastructure Projects

On Oct. 27, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) unveiled the first of 10 core green infrastructure projects to reduce combined sewer overflows to Lake Erie. The bioretention project displayed in October involved the transformation of three neglected lots in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. The bioretention facilities are expected to retain more than 757,000 […]

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Researchers Evaluate Bioretention

Bioretention is one of the most popular green infrastructure practices in many areas throughout the U.S. That is evident in the Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s recently released survey of stormwater management practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where bioretention was the most implemented practice over the last year. In fact, bioretention was implemented almost twice as […]

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Australian Stormwater Controls Must Combat Droughts and Floods

Australia is a country of droughts and flooding, and new initiatives are helping the country tackle both problems. In Melbourne, local government schools and homeowners recently achieved the region’s goal of building 10,000 rain gardens. The Melbourne Water 10,000 Raingarden Program, started in 2008, focused on the Port Phillip and Westernport regions. Local councils started […]

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Check it Out: Saving Streams With Rain Gardens

StormwaterPA and GreenTreks Network recently released a new video, Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time. The video is set in Ambler, Pa., which is immediately upstream from Philadelphia and in the Wisshickon watershed. During the next several years, the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council is encouraging homeowners to plant 100 rain gardens. The […]

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Mount Evelyn Pilot Project Advances Stormwater Capture and Use

On Feb. 26, the water minister of the Australian state of Victoria announced a pilot project in Mount Evelyn. The goal of the project is to mitigate water quality problems in Little Stringybark Creek caused primarily by runoff from increasing urban development. Local community, educational researchers, and Melbourne Water have been promoting rainwater tanks and […]

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Knox County, Tenn., Receives Grant for Stormwater Demonstration Park

On Nov. 9, the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced $750,000 for nine watershed improvement projects. Knox County was awarded $95,400 in funding to complete Phase 2 of the Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration Park. The 6-ha (15-ac) park is on a previously abandoned tract. A wetland will filter runoff, and the park will contain other stormwater […]

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Norman, Okla., Residential Community Tests Rain Garden Effectiveness

In the Trail Woods residential community of Norman, Okla., a rain garden experiment is under way. On one side of a cul-de-sac, rain gardens are installed next to the street, and on the other side, grass extends to the curb. The University of Oklahoma will monitor the performance of the rain gardens and compile its […]

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Arlington County, Va., Rain Garden Traps Pollutants and Educates Visitors

Powhatan Springs Park in Arlington, Va., is an example of an innovative rain garden design that combines bioretention with stormwater education. The children’s rain garden exposes and animates the flow and collection of rainwater, while the soil media and wetland plants help remove sediments, nutrients, and other pollutants. The garden, combined with an underground cistern, […]

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Why is Bioretention So Popular?

In suburban areas, bioretention is becoming a common best management practice (BMP) for stormwater because it is cost-effective, as well as highly effective at reducing volume and removing pollutants. Other BMPs can be combined to effectively remove pollutants, but bioretention cells (BRCs) can be designed to incorporate a variety of pollutant removal mechanisms — from […]

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