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Save Water and Preserve Fresh Water Quality with these Low-Cost Green Building/Landscaping Solutions
Surround your green building with green landscaping that protects our water supply
The wonderful green space around a building can be part of your sustainability program. Green landscaping reduces water runoff, can preserve native species, increase cooling greenery, and provide all the benefits of beauty!
Swales Are Just One of the Solutions!
Swales are densely vegetated drainageways with low-pitched
slopes that collect and slowly convey runoff. They promote
infiltration and reduce stormwater runoff volumes. Grass swales can replace curbs, gutters and storm sewer systems.
Grass swales typically cost less to construct than curbs, gutter or
storm sewer systems.
Using grass swales can also reduce the
size and expense of constructing and maintaining downstream
stormwater management facilities. However, swales require some
maintenance, which may incur some additional cost.
Green Building Landscape Info Sheets
Swales Reduce Runoff
Alternative Driveway Design
Porous Pavement Reduces Surface Runoff
Natural Landscaping Reduces Runoff
Saving and Amending Topsoil
Tree Cover Provides Multiple Benefits Monique Myers, UCCE Ventura County, Sea Grant Extension. 8-27-07.
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Edited by Carolyn Allen