19 Apr '11, 6pm

April showers bring... polluted runoff.

April showers bring... polluted runoff.

But fortunately, there are solutions to polluted runoff. Communities around the country are increasingly investing in a suite of strategies known as "green infrastructure ," which involves a variety of ways of using vegetation and soils to absorb and clean stormwater. These practices include green roofs, street-side vegetated strips and swales, rain gardens, and more. Using these techniques to infiltrate or use rainwater where it falls means less runoff pollution, and fewer stormwater problems, like those I see along Four Mile Run, or like those that plague streams, lakes, and beaches around the country. The video below discusses some of these solutions, with a particular focus on how they can help improve beach water quality.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jdevine/april_showers_b...

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