Examples of Storm Water Best Management Practices

The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) represents and serves the cities, towns, and municipalities of Dane County as a legally constituted commission (under  §66.0309, Wis. Stats. and state Administrative Code NR 121.).  According to its charter:

“The Commission is charged with the duty of preparing and adopting a master plan for the physical development of the region, and maintaining a continuing areawide water quality management planning process in order to manage, protect, and enhance the water resources of the region, including consideration of the relationship of water quality to land and water resources and uses.”  

In partial fulfillment of this charge, CARPC spotlights enlightened and creative land care management practices that cut runoff, encourage the infiltration, and that mitigate or reduce the negative impacts of storm water runoff on the landscape.  (See CARPC’s storm water web page for more details.)

Readers of this blog know that one of the most significant human impacts on the Wingra Watershed is storm water runoff resulting from the old-fashioned storm water management techniques that seem to have little positive benefit for either the land or water resources.

From time-to-time this blog highlights real-life examples of storm water best management practices that try new approaches that encourage infiltration through rain gardens, dry detention basins, vegetated  bio-swales, and storm water buffer strips.  Today,  we point you to a CARPC slide show of exemplary storm water management practices in Dane County. A few of the best management practices are right here in the Wingra Watershed; others are in Fitchburg and other parts of Madison. The show can be viewed here and was put together by Mike Rupiper of CARPC.


About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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