AT HOME WITH STORMWATER
Minneapolis landscape architects show how to keep stormwater in the neighborhood.
By Linda McIntyre
SRF Consulting Group, inc
How can designers keep stormwater in sight and in mind in residential neighborhoods, whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an
Minneapolis may be a good place to find some answers to that
question. Sustainability is an accepted and important part of public policy and
the practice of landscape architecture in Minneapolis, and many residents are
attuned to environmental issues. A stormwater management fee included on
residentsí utility bills, along with widespread affection for their park system
and numerous lakes and the cityís proximity to the Mississippi River, have
helped to raise consciousness about water quality and the downstream impact of
pollutants in runoff.
But two projects there aim to take the publicís relationship
with stormwater even further, making treatment measures a visible part of their
everyday lives. These projects show itís possible, on a large or small scale,
to use stormwater in innovative ways, as an aesthetic element or an educational
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