Category Archives: Green stormwater infrastructure

A Proposal for an Urban Restoration Ecology Center in Madison, WI

The Idea November 4, 2014–Madison, Wisconsin needs an urban restoration ecology research center to help it create sustainable ecosystems for the future.  An urban restoration ecology center would help Madison and Dane County focus on addressing the ecological, social, and … Continue reading

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Green Storm Water Infrastructure at Minnetrista in Muncie

Minnetrista means “gathering place by the waters”, in this case the White River that flows through Muncie in central Indiana.  Minnetrista is also the name of the home of the F.C.Ball family, the folks who gave their name to Ball … Continue reading

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Visionary Plans for Monroe Street and Lake Wingra Watershed

Recently we’ve been covering green infrastructure programs locally and nationally.    For example earlier posts described the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative’s “Clean Clear Waters Challenge”; and at the national level the Natural Resource Defense Council’s “Rooftops to Rivers” Emerald City program. … Continue reading

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WEI’s Clean Clear Waters Challenge for Local Builders

If you are interested in conserving and restoring our lands and waters you will be interested in this news release just in from the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI) inviting you to their latest initiative to move us toward a “sustainable … Continue reading

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“Rooftops to Rivers” Promotes Green Infrastructure for Storm Water Control

What do Aurora and Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin have in common? They are among 14 cities from coast to coast that are on their way to becoming “Emerald Cities” as part of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Rooftops … Continue reading

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Wingra Watershed Planning–Infiltration Team Recommends 25% Increase in Infiltration to Groundwater

In the Lake Wingra Watershed in an average year, the surface (storm water) runoff  from rainfall, snow melt, and other sources, totals an estimated 82,968,732 cubic feet (or 620,649,732 gallons.)  Of this volume, 37,892,637 cubic feet (283, 456,637 gallons) is … Continue reading

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Badger Rock Students Receive Notice for Biodiversity Initiatives

Students at Badger Rock Middle School, a charter school focused on environmental education on the near south side of Madison, Wisconsin have received national notice for their schoolyard work with native species, ecological investigations, and outdoor projects such as caring … Continue reading

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Update on Visioning a Sustainable Wingra Watershed

July 31, 2013, Madison, WI–Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on designing a sustainable future for the Lake Wingra Watershed.  The design charrette was hosted by Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program (click here for … Continue reading

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