“An evaluation of Tucson’s water harvesting rebate programs was performed by Ethan Vimont, who published his results in his 2017 Thesis for a Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona. Vimont found that water harvesting system maintenance is necessary to keep the system operating. If preventative measures are neglected, the system is likely to be troubled by water overflows, odor and mosquito problems. The most common maintenance need is cleaning gutters.
In June 2018, the City of Phoenix released a report on a triple bottom line cost benefit analysis of various Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development (GI/LID) features. The study provides information for decision-makers involved with City projects and private development who may want to incorporate GI/LID.
How does a city cope with extreme weather? These days, urban planning that doesn’t factor in some sort of catastrophic weather event is like trying to build something in a fictional utopia. For Kongjian Yu, one of the world’s leading landscape architects, the answer to coping with extreme weather events actually lies in the past.
The Center for Watershed Protection announced recently it has developed a groundbreaking new method to account for the capacity of trees planted in urban areas to reduce runoff pollution. The Center has used that model to develop two tree planting credits
Scottsdale has accepted a $44,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to develop the first steps of a regional alternative stormwater handbook.
The funds were accepted on consent at a Monday, Jan. 8, Scottsdale City Council meeting.
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FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: California homeowners could get a tax break to capture rainwater in their backyards. A bill in the California Legislature would exclude rainwater capture systems from property tax reassessments starting in 2019.