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CBF and City of Richmond Employ Innovative Approach to Urban Stormwater Runoff

[caption id="attachment_1236" align="alignleft" width="300"] Floating Wetlands located in Baltimore Harbor[/caption] To achieve the goals set forth in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) while minimizing costs, creativity and innovation will be key - launching floating wetlands in our waterways is just one piece to that puzzle.   The City of Richmond is working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the James River Association to identify and plan for cost-effective water quality treatment practices.   Read more about what the City of Richmond is doing to clean up the James and the Chesapeake Bay. http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/recreation/hiking/outdoors-a-small-victory-in-the-battle-against-urban-runoff/article_276290b7-6745-59c7-911d-67e7293cac51.html [caption id="attachment_1238" align="alignleft" width="300"] Floating wetlands being prepared to "launch" at Bryan Park[/caption]...

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Report Details Strategies for Stormwater Improvements in James River Watershed

[caption id="attachment_1086" align="alignleft" width="300"] Stormwater Retrofit ()Henrico County, Virginia)[/caption] Now that the MS4 General Permit has been approved by the Board of Conservation & Recreation, the future is rapidly becoming now. Now is the time to determine compliance costs to budget the necessary funds. The report from the James River Association and the Center for Watershed Protection provides much useful cost information, hopefully the start of a continuing sharing of information. The report ranks treatment methods by cost effectiveness, with urban stream restoration ranked as the most cost effective. Though cost effective, stream restoration projects cannot be small projects. Upstream and downstream conditions affect hydraulically stablity, so it is difficult to restore short stream sections. There should still be room for smaller projects, such as parking lot retrofits. The James River Association has championed such projects through their Extereme Stream Makeover programs. Below is a photograph of one such retrofit in Henrico County, a bioretention area in a parking lot...

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Making a Difference in Your Own Front Yard

This Richmond.com article is an important reminder that when all of us do something small, it adds up to something big. I live in Richmond's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) area. One small thing I have done is to disconnect our downspouts from the sewer system. Before, the rain ran directly into the sanitary sewer every time it rained. Now (see photo), the the water from our downspout soaks into the ground and helps the flowers in our front yard make it through our long hot summer. http://www.richmond.com/city-life/article_62f414ba-96dc-11e2-8f64-0019bb30f31a.html [caption id="attachment_1079" align="alignleft" width="620"] Rainfall from the Telfer rooftop has been redirected to provide irrigation for a flower garden in the front yard (Look for blooming photos later in the spring.)[/caption]...

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