Know Your H20, Low Impact Development
April 05 2011

We Can Capture More Stormwater

by Rick Wilson

A recent Op-Ed by Richard Atwater, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee, makes the point that we can capture up to 1 million acre-feet of stormwater per year (double the current amount), significantly enhancing local supplies, reducing reliance on imported sources, and reducing pollution that flows to the ocean.

One nice thing about rainwater capture and reuse is that the projects are very scalable, ranging from large municipal rainwater capture and storage projects using reservoirs, underground tanks and groundwater aquifers to smaller projects utilizing permeable pavement, green roofs, grassy swales and rain barrels.  Much more information on this cab be found in our Beachapedia article on Low Impact Development.