“Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In” highlights green techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels to help manage stormwater runoff.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
U.S. Botanic Garden have produced a nine-minute online video, “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down,
Spread It Out, Soak It In,” that highlights green techniques such as rain
gardens, green roofs and rain barrels to help manage stormwater runoff.
The film showcases green
techniques that are being used in urban areas to reduce the effects of
stormwater runoff on the quality of downstream receiving waters. The goal, EPA
says, is to mimic the natural way water moves through an area before
development by using design techniques that infiltrate, evaporate and reuse
runoff close to its source.
“The techniques are
innovative stormwater management practices that manage urban stormwater runoff
at its source, and are very effective at reducing the volume of stormwater
runoff and capturing harmful pollutants,” EPA announced. “Using vegetated areas
that capture runoff also improves air quality, mitigates the effects of urban
heat islands and reduces a community’s overall carbon footprint.”
The video highlights green
techniques on display in 2008 at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “One Planet – Ours!”
Exhibit" and at the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., including recently
To watch the video, visit http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/video.html.
on stormwater management, visithttp://www.epa.gov/greeninfrastructure.
EPA Video Shows Green Practices To Manage Stormwater Runoff
January 15, 2009