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Conservation & Recreation

Getting Creative to Fund Water-Smart Parks

July 22, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Parks can help solve some city stormwater problems, and sometimes stormwater agencies can actually contribute funds to redesign or upgrade parks. However, stormwater funding alone is rarely sufficient for an entire park project, so it is usually necessary to piece together funding from multiple opportunities.[read more]

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Sustainable Waterfront Recreation: Ideas For Cities

July 22, 2016 by Anna Johansson
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For cities located along a major waterfront – whether that’s a lake, river, or ocean – figuring out how to best utilize that space without harming the environment can be a challenge. Many of the most popular activities, such as boating, can be highly polluting, and overdevelopment near the shore can cause problems with erosion, runoff, and contamination. Still, used correctly, waterfront property can be a key part of urban recreation space without contributing to these problems.[read more]

Revitalizing Boise Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure

July 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Since 2009, the City of Boise has implemented 28 projects to revitalize historic downtown in a healthy and sustainable way. By adopting innovative and cost-effective solutions to long-standing challenges such as stormwater management and low tree canopy cover, Boise has emerged as a leader in green stormwater infrastructure.In the past,...[read more]

Making Room: Finding the Space in Urban Parks for Stormwater Management

July 20, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In all considerations of urban stormwater management, space is a factor. A prime difficulty with liberating a stream from a fortified channel is that it then requires a wider footprint – but over the years that historic floodplain has usually been covered with housing, shops or industry. Now there is an aggressive program to buy out willing sellers in the flood zone, remove built structures, and turn the land into open space.[read more]

Highways Can Help Pollinators Return to Health

July 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Compost-spreading tactics to encourage native plants that both control erosion and attract pollinators / CaltransIn the face of rapidly-declining bee populations, farms across the country are under threat. In California, officials are now pioneering new methods to boost the health of the honeybees and butterflies, according to a recent...[read more]

Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management?

June 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz
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Urban stormwater management and surface water quality protection is a decades old field of science and engineering. Engineers in the field are largely focused on mitigating the impacts of imperious surfaces like roads, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops in urban areas to protect aquatic habitat and species, reduce drinking water...[read more]

A New Kind of Urban Farm in Detroit

June 17, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Penrose market garden / Jared GreenIn the Penrose neighborhood of Detroit, two landscape architects, partners in business and life, are testing out a new model: the market farm. While Detroit has acres of non-profit-run farms growing fresh fruit and vegetables that are then donated to communities, Ken Weikal, ASLA, and Beth Hagenbuch,...[read more]

Restoring an Urban Stream

June 16, 2016 by William Carson

Smack dab in the middle of New Belgium’s east coast brewery site is a creek that drains approximately 150 acres of West Asheville into the French Broad River. This watershed is one of the most urbanized in Asheville, so the creek experiences large swings in water levels since water runs off of urbanized surfaces much faster than if they...[read more]

Conserve Water at Home: A Closer Look Into Which Rooms Use The Most Water, and How to Save It

June 13, 2016 by Greenhouse Gnome

The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day. You may think you can’t possibly consume that much water each day, but you’d be surprised at how quickly your use adds up. As many areas around the country face water shortages, it’s up to all of us to do whatever we can to find ways to save this precious resource...[read more]

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

June 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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A number of cities are forging deeper connections to urban wildlife, too. In Bangalore, there’s the Slender Loris project that engages citizen scientists in nighttime journeys through the city to meet these shy creatures. Austin, Texas has gone completely batty, in a good way. Underneath Congress Bridge, millions of bat fly out at dusk during the warmer months to feed. Above and below the bridge, people gather to watch the amazing exodus and sometime-murmurations. “There are now bat-watching dinner cruises.”[read more]

Save the Drop! L.A. Achieves 16% Reduction in Water Consumption, but Misses the Mark

June 8, 2016 by The Global Grid

Flowing fountains, full swimming pools, and luscious landscapes disguise and downsize L.A.’s short water supplies. The truth is that Los Angeles doesn’t have much water. Only about 11% of Los Angeles’ water supply is local; the remaining 89% is piped in from Northern California and the Colorado River. About 600,000 acre-feet from the...[read more]

A Vision for Equitable Community Development

June 7, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Mural, Village of Arts and Humanities / Jared GreenIn the 1960s, amid rampant gang violence, drug crime, and white flight, Arthur Hall, a dancer and choreographer, created the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center in the poor and mostly African American community of Fairchild-Hartranft in north Philadelphia. The center successfully taught...[read more]