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by Liz on 2007-02-01 19:05:51

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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