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Better Planning Shifts Stormwater From Nuisance To Resource

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Las Vegas Flash Floods

With the ever growing population and increase in the size and scale of urban centers, a virtual ocean of concrete has been laid down. Concrete is a wonderful material and useful in so many ways but planners and engineers have been building our cities with the idea that water is nuisance that must be swept off all of those concrete surfaces as fast as possible. Little further thought has been given to how all of that run off could be used.

A Range Of Challenging Problems
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Lake Lanier after southeast drought

A growing population and a reduction in reliable water sources is going to change all of that whether we like it or not. The examples of a our fresh water sources becoming less stable are plenty. In Florida Lake Okeechobee's water levels have been at record lows at times becoming unnavigable. Atlanta GA has had major problems in the past few years with their main water source, Lake Lanier dropping to the point where local lake residents are in litigation over water... ...read full post

Climate Change And Traffic Safety Linked In Unexpected Ways

A summary of a recent article from asladirt…

By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. To avoid an explosion of cars, which creates air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, and traffic deaths, new, more sustainable patterns of urban development are needed, with higher-density urban cores and “sustainable transportation systems at the heart of these places.

Mayor Bloomberg, also offered a global perspective, arguing that traffic is now the 5th largest killer of people worldwide. In many cities, he added that car pollution (including carbon emissions) account for up to 80 percent of the total. In contrast with these global trends, Bloomberg said NYC now has the lowest level of traffic fatalities on record and cars now only contribute 20 percent of emissions (this is because buildings are the real source of emissions in the city). The mayor is increasingly focused on redesigning roads so they work for “people, not just cars.” All the modes — “bicycling, walking, trolleys, buses” — are now in the mix. Times Square was recently closed to traffic and has become a permanent pedestrian mall. The initiative, which cab drivers hated, has been a huge success. Foot traffic is way up. “Rents on... ...read full post

How To Reduce Your Utility Bills And Save Water

There are many affordable ways to improve the efficiency of landscape irrigation today. In addition many of the technologies available will pay for themselves many times over in water savings, as an added bonus the best watering systems will make for healthier plants and protect the Florida environment.

Question: Want to save water, reduce your utility bills, or build a green home?

Answer: Integrated Water Conservation Solutions…where WaterWise Irrigation Solutions innovative irrigation design takes into account:

Rainwater Collection/Harvesting
Rain Gardens
Bio-retention Swales
Graywater Recovery
Drainage Solutions
Water Efficient Irrigation Technologies
Specify controllers or central control systems that replace manual operation with 100% weather-based or ET-based scheduling
Use flow sensors to monitor hydraulic conditions in the field – Checks in real time for excessive flows caused by broken pipes, vandalized sprinklers or stuck valves. If a problem is detected the system will:
Locate the problem
Isolate the valve or mainline
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Tips For Water Conservation In Landscapes Water Efficiently

A truly efficient way to use water in a yard is to design a landscape that exists predominantly on rainfall. Even with lawn and specialty gardens, it is possible to design it as a low-water, low-maintenance yard. However, even an ideal landscape can be over-watered. It is extremely important to only irrigate to meet the needs of the plants in that area. For example, a lawn in full sun will demand more frequent irrigation than an established plant bed of drought-tolerant shrubs and groundcovers. Large amounts of water are consumed by watering landscapes. Efficient watering or irrigation practices are essential to conserve water. Over watering not only reduces our fresh water supply but can result in excess water run-off carrying fertilizers and pollutants into our streams, bays, lakes and rivers. Over watering can also result in disease such as fungus and in the excessive growth of weeds and pests. Signs of over watering include dollar weed, root and leaf disease, and thatch buildup. Too much water promotes weak growth and that increases pruning and mowing. Less frequent watering encourages deeper root development and healthier turf. Using chemicals to combat the results of over watering contributes to stormwater... ...read full post

Glenn Souza
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