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What to Consider When Designing Green Stormwater Systems, Part 2

Last month’s blog was the first in a series that focuses on maintenance considerations for Green Infrastructure (GI) systems. We touched on how the design of GI systems should be guided by maintenance funding, equipment, material, staff, and frequency. We saw how early consideration of operations and maintenance (O&M) factors can streamline feasibility assessment, refine… More

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The Experience of Silence: Finland Balances Growth and Green

This year’s European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) was held in Helsinki and Vantaa, Finland. The theme “Increasing Cities, Decreasing Green Areas: Challenges to Urban Foresters and Green Professionals” was very appropriate as both cities are expanding rapidly.  Don’t know about EFUF? For 21 years, EFUF has held an annual conference in various European countries,… More

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Rethinking Runoff: How Stormwater Can be Harnessed for Better Design

The term “stormwater” does not evoke positive imagery for many people. It’s likely that the term conjures polluted water, pipes, and ponds rather than artful design features. However, the need for stormwater management has only become more important as the frequency and severity of storm events has grown. Over the past 20 years, this topic… More

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