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[GreenYes] FW: FW: [Greenyes Digest] V2 #27
From UGA, Athens GA.

Tell them how compost filter berms work as a physical, chemical, and biological filter for storm water runoff and using them in conjunction with compost blankets can reduce the runoff to zero. This is a developing method that is gaining speed fast and that UGA (me) is researching this right now.

Britt Faucette
Organics Recycling & Compost Specialist
Engineering Outreach
The University of Georgia
ph:(706) 542-4768
email: faucette@engr.uga.edu
"Nothing is exhausted in its first use. When a thing has served an end to the uttermost, it is wholly new for an ulterior service" 
  
--- RW Emerson
>Keeping the stormwater on site is the best way to keep oils, pesticides,
>fertilizers etc out of lakes and creeks. Berms and swales and vegetated
>buffers
>are tested methods that make sense everywhere from commercial to residential
>to
>parking lots. The detention ponds popular in the past are starting to lose
>favor
>unless they can be turned into recreational amenities in the middle of a
>park,
>or are used to expand habitat, or are a component of a larger constructed
>wetland system.
>
>At UNC Chapel Hill, where we've got 5.9 million square feet of new
>construction
>planned over the next ten years, we've pledged not to increase the volume,
>rate,
>or pollutant load of our stormwater runoff. And we've pledged that for each
>of
>the five watersheds on campus. Pervious surfaces and water storage
>techniques
>hold the key. We're currently planning three green roofs, two on buildings
>and
>one on a parking garage. (I've gathered lots of resources on the subject if
>you're interested in knowing more.) We're testing pervious pavement in
>parking
>lots. And if we can do it here with our slow to drain clay soil, anybody
>can.
>We're partially daylighting a couple of buried streams that now flow in
>pipes.
>We're building a water storage area under an athletic field. And we're
>looking
>into cisterns.
>
>Slowing the rate at which stormwater runs off into surface water bodies is
>essential to reducing pollution. Median strips, vegetated buffers, green
>roofs,
>reconstructed wetlands, cisterns, anything that stores water will help.
>
>Good luck,
>Cindy Pollock Shea
>Sustainability Coordinator
>UNC Chapel Hill
>
>Chris Cloutier wrote:
>
> > I am working with four neighborhood groups to develop a non-profit that
>will
> > work to improve and protect the water quality in two urban lakes and one
> > creek. I am looking for urban stormwater management methods that are: 1)
> > tested and proven; 2) developing and increasing in practice; and, 3)
> > experimental and need to be tested.
> >
> > Any direction would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> > Chris Cloutier
> > e4 partners, inc.
> > 2801 21st Ave S
> > Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
> > 612.278.7140
> > 612.278.7141 (f)
> > www.e4partners.com
> >
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