Various cities and counties in the United States
The Keeling Neighborhood Greenway
This greenway has yet to be implemented, but the plan can be found at the listed website under the “portfolio” section. It includes a lot of passive water harvesting off streets and sidewalks to irrigate native shade trees.
IntegralEarth (formerly HydroGeoWorks)
This website includes slide shows illustrating various water-harvesting sites in the Tucson area, water-resource maps for the Tucson basin, and other related information.
Features water-harvesting demonstration sites in Los Angeles, California, and the effort to manage the city as a forested watershed.
Restoring Los Angeles: Healing the Nature of Our Cities, by Andy Lipkis. Bioneers Conference, 2005. An inspiring 34-minute presentation on an integrated effort to manage the city of Los Angeles as a forested watershed. Highly recommended and available for sale at:
See their “Featured Projects” page for neighborhood treasures of urban depaving, permeable pavement, and planting projects throughout the city.
Chicago Green Alley Handbook
This is a wonderful site documenting Ole and Maitri Ersson’s living experiments with Portland’s first permitted potable rainwater harvesting system, composting toilets, small houses and more.
Sustainable Stormwater Program
Progressive multi-use water harvesting/beautification/flood control strategies in the public rights-of-way and beyond. Includes permeable paving, water-harvesting curb cuts, bioremediation of toxins, urban forestry, Natural Drainage Systems and more.
If in Portland, download the maps for these walking, bicycling, and driving self-guided tours to check out cool stuff like natural drainage systems, water harvesting, eco roofs, and more. And if elsewhere, look to these downloadable self-guided tours as models that can be replicated in your community.
Integrated Stormwater/Water-Harvesting Publications
Developed by the City of Portland
Sustainable Stormwater Management Demonstration Projects/Publications
Rainwater Harvesting Sites, Projects, Permits, Incentives
Water-Harvesting/Traffic Calming Pullouts
Water-Harvesting Green Streets
Community Watershed Stewardship Program
Eco-roofs, water-harvesting swales, restoration projects, urban forestry, et cetera.
City Repair Project
Great innovations in reclaiming public space with art, creativity, community, and more. Take all this in, then add water-harvesting earthworks and natural drainage systems supporting the associated vegetation and the results can be amazing!
Lower Columbia River
Field Guide to Water-Quality-Friendly Development
Strategies and Techniques:
Integrated Site Examples:
Pringle Creek Community
The Pringle Creek Community is pushing all kinds of sustainable and community building strategies, including harvesting and infiltrating 90% of all runoff on site within the soils.
Public Utilities SEA Streets Project
Progressive multi-use water harvesting/beautification/flood control strategies in the public rights-of-way.
Broadview Green Grid Natural Drainage Project
This slide show features the multiple, integrated benefits of this Natural Drainage Systems (NDS) project spanning 16 blocks of a residential neighborhood in northwest Seattle.
Growing Vine Street Project
This project is a laboratory for green solutions within an urban design context. The goals are three-fold: to treat roof runoff through biofiltration, to create a refreshing green space for the community, and to reintroduce the natural hydrologic cycle into our urban lives. Includes water-harvesting public art/cisterns, community gardens, urban tree planting, cistern steps, and more.
High Point Project
This multi-income housing/community redevelopment in West Seattle features the largest natural drainage project that the City has undertaken, and the first time that a natural drainage strategy of this scale has been used in such a high density urban setting.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WUSD)
Progressive multi-use water-harvesing/beautification/flood control strategies in the public rights-of-way and beyond.
The Sustainable House
A townhouse in downtown Sydney, Australia, retrofitted to make it almost entirely self-sufficient in electricity, water, and waste disposal.
Akash Ganga Chennai Rain Centre
An urban rainwater harvesting demonstration site. For additional information see “Rainwater Harvesting: Success Story from Chennai India,” report by Ram Krishnan presented at the ARCSA Conference in Austin, Texas, August 21-23, 2003. Order proceedings from: www.arcsa-usa.org.