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Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay to Benefit from Stormwater Management Fees

April 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

Stormwater Management Fees

Maryland’s recent gubernatorial election has disrupted the state’s longstanding political paradigm by electing a new governor, Larry Hogan. Hogan promised to repeal a 2012 law that aimed to increase funding for the state’s stormwater management.[read more]

Dredge Design

November 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Dredging Techniques

To dredge simply means to scoop up sediment, often underwater, and move it to another location. While this process is often associated with moving contaminated soils, today, dredging is also increasingly about harnessing natural processes to create new landforms and ecological systems.[read more]

Clean Water, Green Parks: Stormwater Management in Heartland Park

September 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Stormwater Management

Scheduled to complete construction this coming fall, Heartland Park is funded in part by a 319 Grant awarded in 2011 by the EPA through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Implementation of a Watershed Management Plan helped the development of Heartland Park’s green infrastructure.[read more]

Are Landscape Architects & Engineers Frenemies?

April 23, 2013 by Leda Marritz

urban design foes?


Designing trees as stormwater infrastructure is a great example of why landscape architects and engineers also need each other. Successful design requires a collaborative, holistic approach that can satisfy both specialties.[read more]

Green Roofs: International Inspirations

April 17, 2013 by Future Cape Town

green roofs

The proven benefits of green roofs increase along with our ability to design and integrate them. Some of the most well-documented benefits are the creation of ecosystem networks, and storm water runoff management.[read more]

Cleaning the urban environment with "sustainable backyards"

October 2, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

Chicago has a great new program to help residents join the city in reducing stormwater pollution cleaning the air, cooling “heat islands,” and improving public health. Basically, the city provides financial assistance in the form of rebates that reimburse citizens for up to 50 percent of the cost of installing trees, native plants, compost bins, and/or rain barrels.[read more]

Designing Stormwater Systems for the Future

April 24, 2012 by Glenn Meyers

Researchers from Kansas State University are looking into how climate change is affecting rainfall and weather patterns throughout Kansas in an attempt to better understand how stormwater systems will cope in the coming decades.“We are looking at how the state can minimize risk by developing a better understanding of past weather...[read more]

How a rain garden cleans industrial pollution

January 25, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

  (Note: Today’s post was conceived and largely authored by my friend and frequent collaborator, Lee Epstein.  Lee is an attorney, land use planner, and sustainability advocate working in the mid-Atlantic region.) As NRDC’s water program rightfully emphasizes, one of the most vexing conundrums in highly urban areas is how to...[read more]

Uptown Normal's blue-green roundabout

December 13, 2010 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

The term "blue-green" is taken from the Blue-Green Building website maintained by Friends of Five Creeks in Berkeley, California.  We have used the term to describe a traffic circle in Uptown Normal, Illinois because the circle collects and filters stormwater (blue) and features a park and uses plants to filter runoff (green)....[read more]

Sustainable stormwater design in Pittsburgh

August 7, 2009 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

POPCity's current issue reports that Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has received a $50,000 Springboard grant that will fund, among other projects, the construction of the Regent Square Gateway. The Gateway project will demonstrate how innovative environmental infrastructure development can improve aquatic and riparian...[read more]

Green infrastructure in smart growth, beautifully illustrated

July 13, 2009 by Kaid Benfield

My NRDC colleague Rachel Sohmer has produced a wonderful slide show illustrating how low-impact-development techniques for reducing stormwater runoff (sometimes called "green infrastructure") can successfully be integrated into the kinds of smart, urban environments that we need to revive cities and enable walkable, transit-oriented...[read more]

Stormwater Management should work with, not against, Smart Growth

July 7, 2009 by Daniel Nairn

Raining downtown, and that's just fine. flickr:bobtravisVirginia is in the process of updating statewide Stormwater Regulations. A draft has been written, and it's open for public comment until August 21, 2009. Some people are concerned that the stricter caps on nutrient loads, as they are currently written, will promote low-density...[read more]