Kelly Senser (http://www.twitter.com/klsnature) said…
I love dragonflies (and damselflies!) too, Kelly. Slowly learning to ID the ones that visit our habitat. Fortunate to have a natural water source nearby and plenty of spots for perching. Happy day! –Kelly
March 4, 2010 4:50 AM
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Ric Brewer (http://www.zoo.org/) said…
Thanks for the great story on Zoomazium’s green roof! Here’s a link to the zoo’s site with even more background about the roof: http://www.zoo.org/zoomazium/green
Also, here’s a link to the What’s in Bloom section of our site that gives a peek into the thousands of plants on the zoo’s 92 acres: http://www.zoo.org/whatsinbloom
Woodland Park Zoo
February 23, 2010 9:55 AM
We love that you found the entries and had fun reviewing them…thanks so much for encouraging others to explore. You saw the same wonderfulness that we did. Imagine being able to make a whole category of entries of nests built upon garden tools….amazing! Christianne White, Celebrate Urban Birds
January 27, 2010 6:45 AM
A post after mine own blog.
I enjoyed Rain Gardens: Managing water sustainably in the garden and designed landscape by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden. Any suggestions for east coast rain garden resources?
There are a number of rain garden resources for the east coast as well as the midwest. Here are links to the ones I know about.
The Vermont Rain Garden Manual: Gardening to Absorb the Storm from Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
Rain Gardens: A How-to Manual for Homeowners from University of Wisconsin Extension
A Rain Garden Manual for South Carolina from Clemson University Public Service
Rain Gardens of Western Michigan
Rain Garden Network
Enjoyed reading the case studies. Which site manages stormwater runoff most effectively or is not useful to make such a comparison?
I think it’s very useful to make the comparison, the problem is whether or not they’re being monitored. I’m not aware that Astor or Mt. Tabor is monitored and I haven’t found any information about performance since installation. The Glencoe rain garden was tested shortly after installation, but I’m not sure if it’s still undergoing monitoring. You can read the report from the City of Portland, Flow Test. It would be more interesting now, after it’s been installed for a few years, to see again how it’s working.
It may be worth looking into the next time I head to Portland, that would be a fun research project. I find the Mt. Tabor interesting because that project most closely follows the ‘stormwater chain’ that is addressed in the Rain Gardens book so in theory, it would manage more effectively because it has the most systems. The other two are, as far as I know, just rain gardens.
thank you, Kelly. The Vermont guide is closest to home (NYC). It is convenient that the guides are web-based.
This is a great paper, Kelly. I’m going to add your blog entry to a list of resources we are creating for further information about the water cycle.
You may be interested in the film we made at Surfrider Foundation that summarizes some of it.
You can see it here: http://www.knowyourh2o.org/