Rainwater as a Resource

 A Report on Three Sites Demonstrating Sustainable Stormwater Management


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Are our cities beyond repair? TreePeople doesn’t think so.

As part of its Natural Urban Systems Group, TreePeople has been involved in the implementation of several retrofits designed to restore the natural functions of urban sites. From single-family homes to large public sites such as schools and parks, we’ve helped show that integrating nature’s cycles into the urban landscape is not only technically and financially feasible but also highly desirable for individuals and cities alike.

By incorporating stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as swales, retention grading, cisterns, infiltrators and strategically-planted trees in building and landscaping designs, a multitude of benefits can be realized: improved water quality, a decreased risk of flooding, a reduced need for water importation, heat-island effect mitigation, a reduction in contributions to global climate change, and an augmented supply of local groundwater.

The newly published report Rainwater as a Resource shares the details of utilizing these concepts and sheds light on the many opportunities to implement the wide array of available technologies.

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