A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape that collects rain water from a roof, driveway or street and allows it to soak into the ground. Planted with grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property.
Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use such as on lawns, gardens, or indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It's a great way to conserve water and it's free water for use in your landscape.
Storm drain art is a creative way to protect our waterways. Through art, you can help engage your community, brighten your neighborhood drains, and raise awareness about the importance of keeping our streets and waterways clean.
The effectiveness of bioswales extends to their ability to filter stormwater naturally. The soil and vegetation in bioswales can root out pollutants and contaminants that would otherwise end up in stormwater systems and bodies of water.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Community outreach and education plays a large role in environmental awareness campaigns and the ability to enact change. The use of geographic information systems (GIS) has broken new barriers in uniting communities through visualization of information, making availability and understanding even more accessible. GIS has been used in all areas of research and has been influential in mapping city infrastructure, like sewer and storm drain networks. Stormwater, specifically the urban runoff created from it, can have overwhelming impacts to local waterways and stormwater drainage systems when coupled with pollution. By combining the education of negative impacts due to pollution from stormwater runoff and mapping, Lots of Fish hopes to begin this innovative approach in uniting scientists and the general public through stormwater diversion mapping.
Problem Statement and Implications
As with any environmental movement, public awareness plays a key role for governmental action. Lots of Fish aims to provide an innovative approach towards stormwater awareness through big picture visualization. Stormwater pollution and urban runoff are large sources of trash and toxins that end up in local waterways and ultimately out into the ocean. By creating eye catching messages on storm drains and water drainage outlets, the public is more inclined to be educated on where their water and trash on the streets are leading to.
It is one thing to be aware of an issue, but another to take action. Lots of Fish aims to tackle this problem by taking lesson plans involving use of this Interactive Runoff Art Map to the classrooms to integrate them as a school program. Exposing school children will stimulate community involvement and expose them to the use of GIS as a way to supplement learning. Currently, we have a GIS for Kids lesson plan and are working on a GIS for Teens lesson plan this summer!
The objective is to provide the general public with an easily accessible and interactive tool that engages them in stormwater pollution reduction efforts to facilitate long-term sustainable outreach. What begins as a community art project to beautify the city develops into a network of conservation messages that build a greater framework of stormwater pollution and mitigation efforts.