Why should you be concerned with managing stormwater?
Stormwater: Any water running off a land surface before it reaches a natural water body.
Runoff occurs when the rate of precipitation is greater than it can infiltrate, or soak, into the soil, and when the soil is saturated.
Runoff remains on the surface and flows into streams, rivers, and eventually large bodies such as lakes or the ocean.
Our impact on nature through, increased urbanization has a great influence on stormwater runoffs. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block rainfall and other precipitation from infiltrating naturally into the ground.
Stormwater moving across the soil causes erosion.
Stormwater can carry and deposit untreated pollutants and pesticides into surface water bodies.
Stormwater runoff increases urban flooding and decreases the amount of water returning to groundwater supplies.
With planned Stormwater Management Dynamic WholeScapes can help you make the most out of the runoff, with the least impact on the environment.
Rainwater harvesting is an ideal management practice to reduce stormwater runoff and the problems associated with it.
By harvesting the rainfall and storing it, the water can be slowly released back into the soil, either through irrigation or direct application.
The water then moves into the groundwater table, providing a steady supply of water to local streams and rivers.
Rain Gardens: Artificial depressions in the landscape that collect and store stormwater runoff until it slowly infiltrates the soil.
Rain Gardens are not ponds.
Rain Gardens, can be planted with hardy, attractive, native vegetation.
The plants color the landscape all season long, providing a habitat for many birds, bees, and butterflies.