Sacramento State is using low-impact development (LID) devices to manage stormwater and look good doing it. A beautiful, maturing rain garden and porous pavement around campus is going to collect and filter 3.6 million gallons of stormwater annually. Most importantly, the LID project will protect the American River. Previously, stormwater runoff and all of the pollutants in it were being pumped into the river.
Research Engineer Maureen Kerner with Sacramento State’s Office of Water Programs (OWP) sings the praises of the LID project that is, “…protecting the river’s beneficial uses, including the municipal water supply, the aquatic habitat, boating, swimming, and fishing.”
An article published by Sacramento State News writer Dixie Reid, expands upon the benefits of the LID project on campus. The project, which features innovative LID devices including bioretention planters, a flow-through planter, rain gardens, infiltrating bioswales, roof downspout disconnects, and porous pavement, has already won two awards.
“The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) last year named it the state’s outstanding stormwater best management practices implementation project. And in 2015, the Sacramento section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized it as the region’s best urban development project” (Dixie, Sacramento State).
The outreach efforts from the LID team have gone above and beyond to educate the community about the benefits of their project. Postings at seven LID locations provide colorful demonstrations of the devices at work and include easy access to digitally guided tours via smartphone (check it out here!). Thinking even “bigger picture”, Kerner says, “The plants are an important component of LID, so we listed them all in case people visiting want to do something similar on their own property.”
Torrent is eager to see Northern California embracing the endless possibilities in stormwater management with LID devices. Let’s not forget, practical stormwater solutions begin with MaxWell® drywells. Not only are MaxWell drywells a small footprint stormwater management solution, they come with an affordable price tag. Torrent is ready to help California take steps in the right direction towards sustainable water supplies – are you? (Photo: Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)
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