Video Shows Green Practices to Manage Stormwater Runoff

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Video
Shows Green Practices to Manage Stormwater Runoff

Contact: Enesta Jones, (202)
564-4355/7873/ jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – Jan. 15, 2009)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Botanic Garden produced
an on-line
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 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. 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 completed cisterns. 

To watch the video: http://www.epa.gov/nps/lid

More information on stormwater
management: http://www.epa.gov/greeninfrastructure

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