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Expressive Design

Posted by Dave on February 1, 2007, 7:12 pm
about: 10th @ Hoyt

Rain falls on the impervious surfaces of developed land, and can be conveyed away from those surfaces in various ways.  It is one thing to divert the stormwater to underground pipes and concrete vaults, disposing of the water as an unwanted waste product—out of sight, out of mind, it is eventually discharged into a water body with high probability of degrading the quality of that new water host.  It is another thing to address stormwater in environmentally responsible ways, through best management practices that pay cautious attention to rate, volume, frequency, duration, and quality of discharge so as to ensure the ecological health of the stormwater destination.  And it is another thing again to employ environmental treatments in expressive designs that call attention to the use and management of stormwater in ways that educate and delight those who visit.

Public Awareness

Posted by Liz on February 1, 2007, 7:05 pm
about: Pierce County Environmental

Artful rainwater designs will be considered and implemented more often and with greater success in communities where there is a robust understanding of stormwater issues and associated water quality benefits.  Stormwater management and design is now an essential component of almost every land planning and site design project. Although the public often believes that water pollution problems come from industrial effluents, in many areas, up to 70% of the pollution in the streams, lakes, and rivers actually comes from non-point sources such as urban runoff. The effective placement, use and maintenance of rainwater designs often require public participation and acceptance. However, public acceptance is not always present. Community acceptance of rainwater design is often slower than the process of developing new rainwater regulations; however, it has been shown that innovative rainwater design can be much more easily integrated in communities with existing watershed and stormwater protection programs.

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