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.
FROM THE CITY OF TUCSON NEWSNET: BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST WITH PROJECT HARVEST – The University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences is looking for volunteers to join its Citizen Science Project. Nearly 60 participants already have been trained to collect harvested water, soil, and vegetable samples for environmental analyses. Volunteers are given traditional lab supplies and do-it-yourself gear. Samples are analyzed by University of Arizona researchers and the volunteers.