Cincy Science: New tool helps local researchers manage storm water for greener gardens and more

CINCINNATI - Ever ask, "What is that?" Or, "Why is that?" In our "Cincy Science" feature, we talk with people who can answer those questions: The folks who do science in Cincinnati and the Tri-State.

Anyone looking at a brown lawn in summer knows the value of a good soaking rain. However, too much rain can be just as detrimental to the environment as not enough.

In order to help residents and businesses better manage rainfall, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Storm Water Calculator. The tool allows users to input data about their homes or businesses and design plans to reclaim storm water using rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement and other resources.

EPA chief of the urban watershed branch, Michelle Simon explained they’ve conducted research on green infrastructure at the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center in Clifton. Current projects include rain gardens in St. Francis Court Apartments and permeable pavement at Cincinnati State.

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