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.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond New England
Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Exit
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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.