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Get Your Water Out of the Gutter (and into the ground)

Great article this week on stormwater- front page! Thank goodness for Waterkeeper; industrial pollution regulations are enforced because of people like these, but all urban runoff (especially streets and parking lots of which we have an endless supply) is potentially hazardous to human health.  Angelenos need a new, smart, drought resilient, water distribution and reclamation system.

Sure! Of course! - and also a GIANT undertaking, maybe that’s why its slow going. And costly- to transform a, century?, old flood control system- into a modern day water conservation, reclamation, distribution, treatment and clean water protection, system?  Yah that’s a lot of redoing things.  We’ll start by joining  ”Flood Control” to the Regional Water Board, add “Sanitation”, throwing in “Parks”, and possibly bring in urban school playgrounds, the school districts. This sort thing can inspire one to reimagine the mission and goals of such a municipal agency- how it would work with other agencies, what new forms of organization may we need, or what would a campaign to fund such a transformation of public works, (and miles of water infrastructure) look like. #onewater #neighborhoodparks #stormwater #lariver #cleanwater #waterkeeper #lacounty #water #southerncalifornia

natureconservancy:

It’s everyday.

natureconservancy:

It’s everyday.

Source: natureconservancy

Impact of rainfall data resolution in time and space on the urban flooding evaluation

journalofblah:

Notaro, V., C.M. Fontanazza, G. Freni, and V. Puleo, 2013: “Impact of rainfall data resolution in time and space on the urban flooding evaluation.” Water Science and Technology, v. 68, pp. 1984-1993, doi: 10.2166/wst.2013.435.

Climate change and modification of the urban environment increase…

Source: journalofblah

LA City Councilman, Mitch O’Farrell, speaks at the national One Water Leadership Summit about the restoration of Echo Park Lake, engaging the community, and funding for new clean water projects.

sostremylife:

Gracias #healthebay #coastcleanupday Se pasó de #Maravilla en la #playa #beach

sostremylife:

Gracias #healthebay #coastcleanupday Se pasó de #Maravilla en la #playa #beach

Source: sostremylife

angellebarbazon:

This program has helped more than 150 people in Elkhart County.
Read here: Elkhart County group helps homeowners pay for rain barrels, rain gardens

angellebarbazon:

This program has helped more than 150 people in Elkhart County.

Read here: Elkhart County group helps homeowners pay for rain barrels, rain gardens

Source: angellebarbazon

nycchangebyus:

Images courtesy of GrowNYC

Check out GrowNYC’s new Green Infrastructure Toolkit!  Designed to educate homeowners, community gardeners, and others interested in storm water management techniques, the toolkit includes info on techniques from rainwater harvesting to green roofs that will help New Yorkers minimize the effects of rainfall on water bodies and reduce flooding.

Source: nycchangebyus

"If the county lets the towns piggyback on to them, I think it will all work out, I don’t think there will be a problem … But if the towns have to go at it alone, it’s going to have a huge fiscal impact on every municipality in the county, there’s no doubt about it."

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Steve Miller, Town Administrator. Manchester, MD

Financing stormwater clean up is not a local issue.  Cleaning up and harvesting wasted rainwater, is a national mandate. Example Carroll County, MD sounds strikingly similar to conversations in LA County, CA http://bit.ly/1enZ4tA

gildedmoonmermaid:

The age of green is upon us. We have reached a point in our human evolution where science, math, and creative genius have discovered a way to suspend a living forest in mid air. The answer to city pollution is now Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, the world’s first 27-story microclimate apartment towers currently under construction in Milan, Italy. Built to function as city air purifiers, these lush apartments will include over 900 trees, 5,000 bushes, and 11,000 plants throughout the tower balconies. Each perch of life will aid in reducing city noise, moderating atmospheric temperatures, absorbing CO2 emissions, and acting as an energy sustainer for seasonal weather shifts. 
Read more: http://genyhub.com/page/the-vertical-forest#ixzz2Qg4ONZSa

gildedmoonmermaid:

The age of green is upon us. We have reached a point in our human evolution where science, math, and creative genius have discovered a way to suspend a living forest in mid air. The answer to city pollution is now Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, the world’s first 27-story microclimate apartment towers currently under construction in Milan, Italy. Built to function as city air purifiers, these lush apartments will include over 900 trees, 5,000 bushes, and 11,000 plants throughout the tower balconies. Each perch of life will aid in reducing city noise, moderating atmospheric temperatures, absorbing CO2 emissions, and acting as an energy sustainer for seasonal weather shifts. 


Read more: http://genyhub.com/page/the-vertical-forest#ixzz2Qg4ONZSa

(via gilded-witch)

Geosyntec to Develop Stormwater Capture Master Plan for Los Angeles

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles on May 3 approved the selection of Geosyntec Consultants to help the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP) determine the potential for increasing local water supply through the capture of stormwater.

Historically, Los Angeles has imported more than 85 percent of its water supply, with the remainder coming from local sources. Local stormwater is consideredan underutilized resource today, both in the city and its surrounding watershed.

During the next two years, Geosyntec practitioners will develop a Stormwater Capture Master Plan for LADWP that quantifies and characterizes the role that increased distributed and centralized stormwater capture can play in the city’s long-term water supply portfolio.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to support Los Angeles in this critical step toward enhancing its water supply options,” said Ken Susilo, P.E., a Principal water resources engineer for Geosyntec and the Project Director for the Stormwater Capture Master Plan.

“Once complete, the master plan will help the city integrate the development of local water supplies with additional goals for enhanced water quality while, at the same time, providing residents of the city with many other positive environmental benefits,” Susilo said. “Our expectations are high – from our team, for the project, and for the region.”

During this project, Geosyntec will investigate and create potential strategies for implementation of stormwater capture programs and projects in the city. The firm’s practitioners also will also evaluate the multi-beneficial aspects of increased stormwater capture, including potential open space alternatives, improved downstream water quality, and peak flow attenuation in the Los Angeles River.

"I am extremely grateful for the confidence LADWP officials have placed in Geosyntec,” said Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., an Associate of the firm and Project Manager for the Stormwater Capture Master Plan. “This is a complex and highly visible project, and we welcome the challenge.”

Practitioners in Geosyntec’s Watershed and Stormwater Management Practice provide specialized stormwater and watershed management services to public and private sector clients throughout the United States. Our stormwater management specialists form one of the leading practices in the country and include individuals whose applied research received the American Society of Civil Engineers Civil Engineering State-of-the-Art Award and other state and regional awards.