Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

There are two overarching methods of slowing water: holding it for conventional treatment, or using natural processes to percolate it through the soil. A 2014 survey by The Trust for Public Land revealed that 48 major cities have constructed or modified more than 5,000 acres of parkland in one way or another to control stormwater. Detaining stormwater for conventional treatment is only “half green” – it’s a method that helps prevent sewer overflows and flooding, but it still treats runoff as waste by keeping it out of the soil, sending it through traditional physical and chemical treatment processes, and eventually discharging it into a waterway. The “fully green” way of handling stormwater approaches it as a resource, using soil, plants, and microbes, diverting it from the sewer system, and returning it directly to the ground. Mostly, cities use a mix of techniques, compl...

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