An on-line video produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Botanic Garden, “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In,” focuses on green techniques like rain gardens, green roofs, and rain barrels to assist with stormwater runoff management.
The film focuses on green methods for mitigating stormwater runoff’s influence on downstream receiving waters. The objective is to duplicate how natural water moves through an area before development by employing design principles that permeate, evaporate, and recycle runoff near its source.
The techniques are innovative stormwater management methods that work at the source of the runoff to reduce the amount of stormwater run-off and trap pollutants. Vegetated areas that capture runoff not only improve air quality, combat heat islands, and decrease a community’s carbon footprint, but they also enhance biodiversity.
The new video provides a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “One Planet – Ours!” Exhibit, which opened in 2008, as well as the EPA in Washington, D.C., showcasing recently completed cisterns.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure