Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

Along the Green Line, 1,000 new trees, as well as nine rain gardens and stormwater planters along University Avenue, absorb and filter the rainwater (Source: Capitol Region Watershed District)

Along the Green Line, 1,000 new trees, as well as nine rain gardens and stormwater planters along University Avenue, absorb and filter the rainwater (Source: Capitol Region Watershed District)

New infrastructure systems in St. Paul use rain as a resource instead of letting stormwater enter area lakes and the Mississippi River, along with all of the pollutants that water collects. This new method of managing stormwater is called “shared, stacked green infrastructure.” That means the system does more than one thing on a site (say, irrigating plants and/or trees), to provide additional community services or amenities beyond just managing rain runoff.

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