Archive | Stormwater Management

The Dirty Truth – Part 2

Concepts in mitigating site impacts when using heavy equipment Part 2 – Water Management by Walker Korby As any sandcastle builder knows, you can create the most elaborate shapes and contours with a substrate that has just enough moisture to stick together. But as soon as you add more water, all bets are off. Everyone […]

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What’s New at Fourth Generation?

by R.P. Sokol The 2013 winter trade shows have brought some pleasant surprises to us at Fourth Generation Nursery. The first is that many in the Landscape industry are beginning to “get it;” rainwater harvesting is finally starting to catch on. And second, an increasing number of professionals recognize that “Storm Water Management” means more […]

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Weathering the Storm: Horticulture Management in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

by Rebecca McMackin Two months ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated coastal regions of New York and New Jersey. Much of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) was underwater for four hours. Sandy was the second “100 year storm” in two years, and researchers at MIT say we should now expect such extreme weather events every three to twenty […]

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Bioretention Soils

by Tom Barry Stormwater runoff has become an increasing environmental concern as urbanization of our society has created massive areas of impervious surfaces that flood our storm drains and waterways with pollutant laden water. Stormwater management techniques are gaining popularity in urban environments to offset this “paved paradise” syndrome. One of the techniques that has […]

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Small Residential Rainwater Harvesting Project: A Hands-on Community Eco-Workshop

by Mary Flodin ELA sponsored a series of three hands-on eco-workshops in Santa Cruz, CA, during the fall of 2011; each presented by a different local landscaper: Native Plants: The Low Tech Landscape Water Conserving Solution, Darrin Miller of Central Coast Wild; Greywater Clarified, Ken Foster of Terranova; and Rainwater Harvesting, Golden Love of Love’s […]

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Restoration Enhances Ecosystem, Recreation, and Water Quality at Fresh Pond

by Thomas Benjamin Ecosystem restoration is often driven by a regulatory requirement, which makes the voluntary improvement of a 30-acre section of urban oasis including forest, meadow, and shoreline quite unusual. What is even more extraordinary is that this island of tranquility is located in densely populated Cambridge, Massachusetts and within sight of downtown Boston. […]

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Porous Surfaces – How Are We Doing?

by Steven Roy The use of porous surfaces for stormwater management and control has become a widely accepted practice. This brief article will explore why porous surfaces are important as one of our management tools and report on a few new and interesting products within the porous surface toolbox. (more…)

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Donation of Materials, Passion, and Time = A Beautiful and Functional Rain Garden at a Public Housing Residence

by Amanda Sloan Early on a bright day in April, a diverse group gathered in Providence, Rhode Island in one of the most urban areas of the city – the Manton Heights public housing residences. Winding their way to a rear corner of the complex were staff from the environmental organization Groundwork Providence, driving a […]

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