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Storm-Watered Gardens

When it rains in a city, water rushes off driveways and lawns and heads straight for the storm sewers. That helps prevent flooding, but the unfiltered water flushes oil, fertilizer and other pollutants into lakes and streams. The storm drains also short-circuit part of nature's water cycle - the slow infiltration of rainfall through the soil into underground aquifers.

Ken Potter is an environmental engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Potter says a better way to manage urban runoff is for people to use rain gardens to soak up stormwater before it rushes off their property.  more...


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