US EPA: Video Shows Green Practices to Manage Stormwater Runoff

Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355/7873/ jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – Jan. 15, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Botanic Garden produced an on-line video , “Reduce
Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In,” that highlights green
techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels to help
manage stormwater runoff.

The film showcases green techniques that are being used in urban areas
to reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on the quality of downstream
receiving waters. The goal is to mimic the natural way water moves
through an area before development by using design techniques that
infiltrate, evaporate, and reuse runoff close to its source.

The techniques are innovative stormwater management practices that
manage urban stormwater runoff at its source, and are very effective at
reducing the volume of stormwater runoff and capturing harmful
pollutants. Using vegetated areas that capture runoff also improves air
quality, mitigates the effects of urban heat islands and reduces a
community’s overall carbon footprint.

The video highlights green techniques on display in 2008 at the U.S.
Botanic Garden’s “One Planet – Ours!” Exhibit” and at the U.S. EPA in
Washington, D.C., including recently completed cisterns.

To watch the video: http://www.epa.gov/nps/lid
More information on stormwater management:
http://www.epa.gov/greeninfrastructure

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