When roads, parking lots and buildings replace open fields, forests and wetlands, water that can no longer soak into the ground has to go somewhere. Traditionally, local governments have used “hard” infrastructure such as gutters, storm drains, tunnels, culverts and related systems to quickly move the resulting runoff directly into local water bodies with no treatment. This increase in the speed and volume of dirty water entering streams results in an increased frequency of flash floods and pollution. Learn more on this week's NIE page.

Issue Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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