Rainwater as a Resource: A Report on Three Sites Demonstrating Sustainable Stormwater Management

Los Angeles (September 17, 2007)- This 50-page report offers a candid description of the integrated, multi-partner process used to implement three projects that showcase alternative technologies for capturing and using stormwater. From concept to completion and beyond, the publication looks both at the successes and the challenges encountered. The case studies, which include a single-family home and two school campuses, reveal the feasibility of retrofitting existing sites to function as miniature watersheds by using stormwater best management practices such as cisterns, swales, infiltration basins and strategically-planted trees. Technical information and plans are also presented.

As part of its T.R.E.E.S. (Transagency Resources for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Project, TreePeople has been involved in the implementation of several retrofits designed to restore the natural functions of urban sites. From single-family homes to large public sites such as schools and parks, we’ve helped show that integrating nature’s cycles into the urban landscape is not only technically and financially feasible but also highly desirable for individuals and cities alike.
By incorporating stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as swales, retention grading, cisterns, infiltrators and strategically-planted trees in building and landscaping designs, a multitude of benefits can be realized, including: improved water quality; a decreased risk of flooding; a reduced need for water importation; heat-island effect mitigation; a reduction in contributions to global climate change; and an augmented supply of local groundwater. These are just some of the benefits that are possible when urban sites are allowed to work in concert with nature’s cycles of flood, drought and waste – and together, they create a sharp improvement in the quality of life in the neighborhoods in which we live, learn, work and play.
The newly published report, Rainwater as a Resource, shares the details of utilizing these concepts and sheds light on the many opportunities to implement the wide array of available technologies. We encourage you to peruse this report to learn more about using these principles as a means of moving cities closer to sustainability.
If you don’t think our cities are beyond repair either, then you may download the report for free from TreePeople.
For more information, contact:
Edith Ben-Horin
Natural Urban Systems Associate
12601 Mulholland Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 818-623-4889