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Urban Runoff (Wayne Peterson, Urban Conservationist)


Can the past provide the key to the future of water quality? Get Wayne Petersen's take on "green development."

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To really address urban non-point runoff, I think we really need to look at holding water where it falls. And in the past we tended to manage water in our urban water settings as not a precious natural resource all the time, but kind of as a nuisance. If you do a big commercial development and rain falls on it, you don't want it ponding in that parking lot. That is a nuisance. So we have designed systems to get it out of there as fast as possible. Now through this green development movement I mentioned earlier, we're starting to see designs that really changes how we view water in our urban landscape and looking at it increasingly as this precious natural resource that it is.

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