Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Demonstration Sites/Links

UNITED STATES

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Various cities and counties in the United States
www.sustainablestormwater.com

Arizona

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Tucson
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.
www.drachmaninstitute.org

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.
www.integralearth.com


California

Los Angeles
TreePeople Projects
Features water-harvesting demonstration sites in Los Angeles, California, and the effort to manage the city as a forested watershed.
www.treepeople.org/demonstration-projects

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:
877-BIONEER
store.bioneers.org

San Francisco
Plant SF
See their “Featured Projects” page for neighborhood treasures of urban depaving, permeable pavement, and planting projects throughout the city.
www.plantSF.org

Illinois

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Chicago
Chicago Green Alley Handbook
www.greenbiz.com/toolbox/reports_third.cfm?LINKADVID=95080

Oregon

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Portland
www.appropedia.org/Ersson_rainwater_harvest_and_purification_%28original%29
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.
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=34598

Self-Guided Tours
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.
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=degae

Integrated Stormwater/Water-Harvesting Publications
Developed by the City of Portland
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=31870

Sustainable Stormwater Management Demonstration Projects/Publications
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=31094

Rainwater Harvesting Sites, Projects, Permits, Incentives
www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=ecbbd&a=bbehfa

Water-Harvesting/Traffic Calming Pullouts
http://www.asla.org/awards/2007/07winners/506_nna.html

Water-Harvesting Green Streets
http://asla.org/awards/2006/06winners/341.html

Community Watershed Stewardship Program
Eco-roofs, water-harvesting swales, restoration projects, urban forestry, et cetera.
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=43077

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!
www.cityrepair.org

Lower Columbia River
Field Guide to Water-Quality-Friendly Development

Strategies and Techniques:
www.lcrep.org/fieldguide/techniques.htm
Integrated Site Examples:
www.lcrep.org/fieldguide/examples.htm


Salem
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.
www.rain-barrel.net/pringle-creek-community.html
www.pringlecreek.com


Washington

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Seattle
Public Utilities SEA Streets Project
Progressive multi-use water harvesting/beautification/flood control strategies in the public rights-of-way.
http://www.seattle.gov/util/MyServices/DrainageSewer/Projects/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/CompletedGSIProjects/StreetEdgeAlternatives/index.htm

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.
www2.seattle.gov/util/tours/Broadview/slide1.htm

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.
www.growingvinestreet.org

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.
www.thehighpoint.com
www.seattle.gov/util/myservices/drainagesewer/projects/greenstormwaterinfrastructure/completedgsiprojects/highpointnaturaldrainagesystem

 

AUSTRALIA

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Australia wide
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WUSD)
Progressive multi-use water-harvesing/beautification/flood control strategies in the public rights-of-way and beyond.
www.wsud.org

Sydney
The Sustainable House
www.abc.net.au/science/planet/house/default.htm
A townhouse in downtown Sydney, Australia, retrofitted to make it almost entirely self-sufficient in electricity, water, and waste disposal.


CANADA

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Golpa Living Streets
Click on “Golpa Living Streets” from:
www.funkenorthamericaltd.com/golplainstall.htm


INDIA

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Chennai
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.
www.raincentre.org

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