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Are Landscape Architects & Engineers Frenemies?

April 23, 2013 by Leda Marritz
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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]

Unpaving Philadelphia

July 2, 2009 by The Dirt ASLA

The Greenfield School in Philadelphia is re-doing a playground as part of a city water department pilot project to combat stormwater overflow, which overwhelms the city’s sewage system, and can lead to water, oils, and salts to be dumped in the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that in place of asphalt, the playground...[read more]

Busted! Bailin & Associates Fined for Clean Water Violations

June 8, 2009 by Adam Shake

Bailin & Associates faces up to $157,000 in penalties of for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Bailin & Associates, Inc. of Worcester has been constructing a 79-acre residential subdivision of townhouses in Worcester, Mass. Because the company is disturbing more than one acre of land, they are required to apply...[read more]

Clean Water Services - Field Operations Center

May 23, 2009 by Jason King

A recent trip out to a meeting at the Clean Water Services Field Operations Center yielded some interesting images of some of the innovative stormwater ideas that were implemented into this project, which opened in 2003. The design was completed by Pivot Architecture from Eugene, along with Murase Associates from Portland as landscape...[read more]