Wednesday, December 13, 2006
some of cincinnati's people who are interested in rain gardens met today. rain gardens are an organic tool to slow, stop and sink rain water down into the ground. an alternative to this sort of technology in the city could mean doing notihing, which would relegate the water to a storm drain, which depending on you are could trigger a combined sewer overflow response (not good), or at the very least washing some nasty polluted water into the local watercourses (yucky as fucky, will kill all the duckies).
so i tagged along to this get together, and it was interesting. it was in a metropolitan swer district building, though there was some representation of people all over the politcal and activity map. some kind of interesting alliance between different sorts of people should soon be emerging out of it!
an interesting initiative in kansas city was mentioned. here's the website. KC has compacted clay soil, so flooding is a big problem. out of necessity, the people and the government are working to seriously cut into rain water run off by making thoughtfully designed, implemented and maintained rain gardens to make it so the navigable waterways, steams and roads aren't deluged with polluted water every time a big rain hits. In Minnesota, there are some places that did this in a more "grassroots" (aka anarchist), where forward thinking people started doing stuff and the local gov't eventually had to run with it. I'll figure where that was and put it in next time.
on another topic, THESE GODDESS DAMNED CRUTCHES! URG
Posted by Unknown at 4:28 PM