Tag: Impervious Surfaces

How to Minimize the Impact of Urban Heat Islands

By Karina Veaudry, PLA Many city dwellers flee to the countryside to cool off when summer’s heat hits – and for good reason. Urban areas tend to be hotter than the surrounding countryside because of the “urban heat island” effect. Urban heat islands occur in urbanized areas where vegetation and trees have been greatly reduced… Read More »

Climate Change Intensifies Stormwater Challenges

By Karen Menné-Jacobsen April showers have long been celebrated for their delivery of May flowers. But due to the Earth’s relentlessly changing climate, showers and snowstorms that occur every month of the year are doing so at increasingly torrential rates. And that poses significant challenges related to stormwater and how to handle it. About the… Read More »

Best Management Practices Clean, Control Stormwater

Most communities have a substantial investment in a system that historically has been nearly invisible: the system of drains and pipes that diverts stormwater and snow melt from streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. If it’s working correctly, the system does its job, water disappears, and people go on with their day. It’s a natural system… Read More »