Storm Water as a Recreational Amenity–Kansas Style

In Lenexa Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City,  storm water is viewed not as a problem but as an asset.  Through its Rain-to-Recreation program that emphasizes watershed protection, water quality improvements, open space preservation, and environmental education, storm water is now viewed as a benefit, and not a cost.   Lenexa city administrators now strive to combine storm water projects with recreational projects that emphasize the social, cultural, and recreational benefits of storm water.

The showpiece of this rapidly developing city’s innovative storm water management policy is its Central Green Streamway.  The Green Streamway uses seven step-pools to aerate and slow water flow, that eventually flows into a constructed wetland with native plants.    Running along the Green Streamway is a recreational path for bikers and walkers.

You can see a video of this really cool project here

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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