Rain Gardens & Bioswales Presentation from the National Green Centre

National Green Centre Presentation

Saint Louis, MissouriRain Garden

January 10, 2011

Rain Gardens and bioswales are some of our most effective tools in implementing sustainable water practices. In the presentation, Barrett will discuss how rain gardens and bioswales protect, restore, and mimic the natural water cycle. Additionally, Tom will explain how rain gardens and bioswales can help develop a natural solution for water efficiency, and relieve storm water management issues. Rain Gardens and bioswales create natural filters through which our rainwater can flow. We are in essence helping to remove the contaminants, while reducing the speed and volume in which the water runs to the storm drains. By choosing to create a rain garden or other environmentally responsible landscape solution, we can reduce the contaminants that collect in the sewer systems, and make a significant improvement for a cleaner and healthier environment.

“The American Society for Civil Engineers gave the United States’ water systems a grade of ‘D-,’ the lowest of any America infrastructure,” said Barrett. “Through increased use of rain gardens and bioswales, we can improve our water systems and create a better environment for plants, animals and people. “In his presentation, Barrett will explain just how essential some of these tools are to efficiently utilizing and managing water sources.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding that stormwater is the largest source of water pollution in the United States
  • Sustainability starts with the landscape. Developing a functional landscape is the most effective and efficient means of remediating the environment.
  • Combining “green infrastructure” with existing, conventional “gray infrastructure,” as well as combining new technology with old technology creating a sustainable future.

I throughly enjoyed the whole presentation! The topic was great, easy to understand.  I would like another presentation that is more in-depth.  The visuals were on-topic and easy to understand.”

– Emily Placke

Your presentation was really great.  The subject matter, of course, was very relevant.  Beyond that, though, I have to say your ability to explain and transition from point to point was great.   You have a very special way of addressing the topic simply, clearly, without bias, and with common sense that’s hard to refute

Thanks for a great presentation!”

– Stephanie Krull

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