Category Archives: Rain gardens

Wingra Watershed Planning Steering Team Adjusts Infiltration Goal

Watershed Management Planners Recommend an Achievable Goal of 10% Increased Infiltration Will Retain Long-term Goal of 25% Recovery of Lost Infiltration as Discussion Guide Only From the time of European settlement of the Lake Wingra watershed around the 1830’s to … 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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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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Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Management

Portland, Oregon, with a city population of 583,000 and over 2 million in the metro area of 145 square miles receives an average annual precipitation total of just over 37 inches.  When this rainfall hits the ground it becomes storm … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Schoolyard Environmentalism in the Wingra Watershed

The blogger David Thompson (wingrawatershed.blogspot) has conducted a survey and photo documentation of the public and private elementary schools in the Lake Wingra Watershed to identify sustainable environmental practices and to spotlight areas where improvement is needed.  See his survey … Continue reading

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