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See Who's Soaking Up the Rain

We're soaking up the rain in all kinds of places: around our home landscapes and residential developments; at elementary schools and on college campuses; along city streets and in public spaces; and around commercial buildings and federal facilities.

As more communities and citizens soak up the rain, people are sharing pictures and stories of what they've done. Some examples are listed below.

Connecticut

Low Impact Development Atlas, University of Connecticut Exit

Connecticut Low Impact Development Photo Gallery, Do It Yourself: Communities Respond to an Impervious Cover TMDL, University of Connecticut Exit

University of Connecticut Green Infrastructure Exit
A virtual tour of some of the green infrastructure practices being utilized on the University of Connecticut's campus in Storrs, CT.

Jordan Cove Urban Watershed Project Exit
This Connecticut project measured the effectiveness of several practices including rain gardens and permeable pavement in reducing runoff in a residential setting.

Massachusetts

Porous Pavement Improves Provincetown Harbor Beaches, Nonpoint Source Success Story, U.S. EPA (PDF) (2 pp, 1.2 MB, About PDF)
Read how the porous pave­ment installation has contributed to a noticeable reduction in the number of beach closures.

Ipswich River Watershed, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Exit
A Project to implement and measure the effectiveness of several low impact development and water conservation demonstration projects. Includes rain gardens, permeable pavement, a green roof, and rain water harvesting with cisterns.

New Hampshire

Green Infrastructure for Sustainable New Hampshire Coastal Communities, Southeast Watershed Alliance Exit
Fact sheets describe the project, including the Complete Community Approach to managing stormwater and the various green infrastructure retrofits implemented in the participating communities.

Soak Stories and Project Locations, Soak up the Rain New Hampshire Exit

Rhode Island

Green Infrastructure Projects in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition Exit

Low Impact Development Inventory, Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions, University of Rhode Island Exit

Vermont

Building Green Infrastructure in Vermont Communities, Vermont Planning Information Center Exit

Green Infrastructure Bike Tour, Burlington, VT Exit

Beyond New England

Low Impact Development Atlas, University of Connecticut Exit

Chesapeake RiverWise Communities, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 2016 (PDF) (127 pp, 3.7 MB, About PDF) Exit

Save the Rain, Onondaga County, New York Exit

Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Exit
Check out their extensive collection of videos. Exit

Save it, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Exit
Watch this video about their efforts. Exit

Rain Ready, Center for Neighborhood Technology Exit
Find a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with global climate change and approach the challenges of flooding, water shortage, and/or water pollution in customized and cost-effective ways.

Stormwater Case Studies, American Society of Landscape Architects Exit