Stormwater

May 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
An increasing amount of architecture projects in the U.S. are taking regional concerns like water and energy production into consideration.
Architect
May 14, 2011, 11am PDT
A new sewage plant has opened in New York that hopes to reduce the amount of sewage overflow when storms overwhelm the city's combined sewage and stormwater system.
The New York Times
March 24, 2011, 2pm PDT
This collection of city profiles looks at cities around the world that are making major improvements to the way they handle and provide water.
National Geographic
December 9, 2010, 1pm PST
In a part of Staten Island largely developed before formal sewer systems were in place, the effort to address both logistics and environmental issues offers lessons for other urban areas.
Urban Omnibus
December 3, 2010, 9am PST
Andy Lipkis, the founder and president of TreePeople, an organization in Los Angeles that brings natural concepts into the "urban forest", details his 40 years of work proving the feasibility of projects such as the Elmer Avenue Project.
The Planning Report
November 12, 2010, 1pm PST
Chicago is trying to position itself as one of the greenest cities in America, but longheld plans to upgrade the city's overburdened stormwater system highlight how far it has to go.
Green Source
August 24, 2010, 9am PDT
A new test program to de-pave the city of Baltimore is turning the soil formerly covered by city school playgrounds. The project is aimed at reducing runoff.
The Balimore Sun
August 8, 2010, 5am PDT
Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, says that the Los Angeles Regional Water Control Board is the least environmentally friendly board in decades.
The Planning Report
July 15, 2010, 10am PDT
The city of Seattle is taking on a $500 million project to update its storm drains to reduce the amount of untreated sewage that overflows into waterways during storm events.
The Seattle Times
June 4, 2010, 11am PDT
Chicago is using pervious pavements and reflective materials on its 1,900 miles of alleys to reduce flooding, cut demand on storm sewers, and decrease the city's urban heat island effect. The program is so successful that they are expanding it.
Public Roads
April 17, 2010, 5am PDT
In many cities, stormwater and sewage water are collected in the same sewer. As a result, good rainwater is combined with dirty sewage water. Overflows can create major problems for cities. But avoiding those problems is not exactly easy.
Urban Omnibus
March 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Portland's "Green Streets" program is becoming a new tourist attraction in the city, which officials from other cities are visiting to learn from the Pacific Northwest's model water treatment infrastructure.
USA Today
February 11, 2010, 5am PST
This piece from <em>Urban Re:Vision Magazine</em> looks at a variety of water reuse and stormwater capture projects in cities across the U.S.
Urban Re:Vision
October 18, 2009, 7am PDT
The city of St. Louis has been testing out a new sustainable streetscape design that calms traffic and helps absorb stormwater. The test run has been so well-received, the city is thinking about rolling out the design permanently.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 20, 2009, 7am PDT
Portland is well-known for many things in the urban planning community. Now, it's being recognized as a leader in stormwater management.
The Oregonian
September 4, 2009, 8am PDT
A new street greening project in North Portland that seeks to reduce stormwater runoff is fueling a debate between the area's young, eco-conscious businesses owners and older owners who are worried about interruption from the project.
The Oregonian
July 17, 2009, 7am PDT
The city of Santa Monica has just unveiled its first segment of green street, one where rainwater runoff seeps into porous pavement and landscaping.
The Lookout
March 19, 2009, 8am PDT
Colorado law prohibits the collection of rainwater, but urban farmers, environmentally-conscious homeowners, and even developers are catching on to its benefits and building momentum for the legalization of rainwater harvesting.
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2009, 6am PST
After a recent state ruling requiring Seattle and other Puget Sound cities to control polluted stormwater runoff, smaller cities and suburbs could be brought on board as well.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Feature
January 22, 2009, 5am PST

Green alley projects are popping up in cities all over the U.S. and Canada in an effort to make the concrete jungle a little better at absorbing rainwater.

Nate Berg