Less is More…When it Comes to Runoff

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When it comes to runoff, less is more…on this CurrentCast..

Too much rain…and too many people using a lot of water can overwhelm aging stormwater systems. That can cause them to overflow and dump pollution into rivers.

Instead of rebuilding systems or adding bigger pipes, many cities are turning to green infrastructure to meet clean water standards. By creating green space where plants and soils can capture rainwater and runoff...

Rousseau: “Less is being sent through the pipes and there’s less chance for overflows…”

That’s Katie Rousseau of the nonprofit American Rivers. She says rain gardens, storage ponds, and permeable pavement which treat stormwater at its source are a real solution, and cost less than fixing old systems..

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Other interesting links:
So much rain - the consequences in Georgian Bay. Click here for the PDF of Sept 2017 email
Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping Click here.
Sara Carter talks about confronting the realities of more extreme weather events. Click here for the Nov 2017 blog