1. Pennsylvania was once a landscape of green, but as development altered the land, it also affected the water regime. Runoff became an issue, so basins were created as a standard "stormwater management" tool. Much like giant bathtubs, basins were designed to fill up in heavy storms and keep water at bay. That was then.

    Today, it's pretty well acknowledged that traditional basins are not very effective. The good news is that there are a number of retrofits that can make them perform more naturally and help prevent flooding, filter pollutants, and get water back in to the ground.

    Watch on StormwaterPA.org to get more tips for managing runoff from rain: stormwaterpa.org/rethinking-basins.html

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  2. Many open spaces, including municipal parks, are covered by groomed lawn. Most people think these mown areas are "green and tidy." But, in reality, they often act like parking lots. The underlying soil is so compacted that rain runs off almost as though the grass was paved.

    Letting mown areas become natural meadows returns them to functional parts of the water system. These meadows prevent flooding, create habitat, and are beautiful to behold.

    If you are a K-12 educator, find resources for this video through our environmental education program, ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=161&notes=1,1,1,1

    Watch on StormwaterPA.org to get tips and tools more managing runoff from rain storms: stormwaterpa.org/meadows.html

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  3. By creating a rain garden, you can capture water from your downspouts and yard in a way that creates habitat for wildlife -- and protects your local streams.

    If you are a K-12 educator, find resources for this video through our environmental education program, EcoExpress.org: ecoexpress.org/video_detail.php?videoId=163

    More information about protecting and managing stormwater with rain gardens is available through StormwaterPA.org: stormwaterpa.org/raingarden.html

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