City Yoga Lessons
~the purpose of these processes is substainability and water conservation, rather then discharging the treated water to surface waters such as rivers and oceans
~recycled water can be used for streamflow augmentation to benefit ecosystems and improve aesthetics
~reclaimed water is water that is used more than one time before it passes back into natural water cycle
~the flow of rain or melted snow over parking lots, sidewalks, streets and other hard, nonabsorbent surfaces is called stormwater runoff
~unlike the waste water that leaves from inside your home, stormwater is not cleaned at a treatment plant
~stormwater runoff carries too much sediment, nitrogen, phosphorous and bacteria to our local waterways
~many of these waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, also have insufficient levels of dissolved oxygen from excess nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen) which harm aquatic life
1) Install rain cisterns or tanks or rain barrels to capture roof runoff to allow it to slowly infiltrate into your landscape beds or actively use it for irrigation.
2) Install rain gardens (also called bioretention cells) which are sunken depressions in the landscape which temporarily hold water from a downspout and allow it to infiltrate into the ground.
3) Replace turf (lawns) with conservation landscaping–also sometimes called “rainscaping” or “bayscaping”.
4) Fertilizer use is one of the most harmful pollution sources causing the serious infections you have seen and in the decline of the health of our creeks and streams and the Bay.
7) Compost leaves and grass clippings.
8) Do not put leaves in the road – they will be carried to the nearest storm drain.