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Where Does Stormwater Go?

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Stormwater management is one of the biggest municipal challenges towns and cities face. Urban surfaces are largely impermeable, preventing rainwater from soaking into the ground. Instead roads, ditches, and channels collect water and, typically, divert it as quickly as possible into natural waterways.

In contrast, wild landscapes tend to slow water run-off, filtering it into the water table, soaking it up with vegetation, and distributing it across a larger area. Recently, cities have started using low-impact development strategies, like rooftop gardens and rainwater collection, to mimic natural landscapes in urban ones. (Image and video credit: Practical Engineering)

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