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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

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soil retention for runoff water prevention 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.

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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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