|Look for December 2013 "Did You Know" tips at links below|
- Agricultural Irrigation
- Crop Production
- Drinking Water
- Lakes / Ponds / Streams
- Lawn and Landscape Irrigation
- Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens
- Livestock Manure Management
- Policy / Law / Economics / Human Behavior
- Stormwater Management
- Wastewater - Domestic Sewage
- Water Basics (groundwater, surface water, hydrology)
- Well and Wellhead Management
Rain Garden Animation
A rain garden is a beautiful and functional addition to your yard. Beautiful because of the plants you grow, functional because it helps control stormwater runoff from your property. Watch our rain garden animation by clicking the picture below to see how a rain garden works, both above and below ground. You can make it rain and watch the water flow. After you have viewed the animation, please come back and take a short (3 question) survey to give us your feedback.
Disconnecting Downspouts and Impervious Surfaces
What does it mean to disconnect your downspout? After rain hits your roof it enters your gutters and then a downspout. Many downspouts are pointed onto sidewalk or the street to move water quickly. However, by pointing your downspout onto a planted or grassed area, you can conserve water on site and improve water quality in your local lake or stream!
What is the LID Atlas?
Low impact development (LID) practices, also known as green infrastructure, have been shown to be very effective in mitigating the impacts associated with stormwater runoff from development. On-the-ground examples of LID implementation, both good and bad, are needed to help local officials and others overcome the natural reticence to embrace new technologies or approaches and encourage or even require their use. The LID Atlas is an interactive tool that provides these real local examples of LID implementation throughout the country on the Internet in an easy-touse GoogleMaps™Mashup. Although this map is showing only those projects listed in Nebraska, it is connected to the National LID Atlas Map.
About the Map
1. The following map works best in Safari (MAC) or Firefox (PC) web browser.
2. The map you are looking at is a Google Map that has been mashed with LID project data. You can pan, zoom, and change the base map imagery just as you would in Google Maps.
3. The colored balloons represent the LID project type and the checklist on the left sidebar can be used as a legend. By clicking on an icon you will open an “information balloon”. This balloon contains project information and possibly a photo. You can click on the “x” in the top-right corner of the balloon to close the balloon, or click on another icon to open a different balloon
To enter your data, which will be uploaded to the live atlas tool, please select the link below to open the data entry form.
Please note that your entry will not be immediately uploaded onto the map due to our quality control process which will ensure consistent data entry.
You will need to know some information about the project, and you will also be given the opportunity to link the project to photos and a project website.
Fill out THIS form.
Have you seen the new Stormwater Sleuth Comic Book?
The Stormwater Sleuth comic book Stormwater Sleuth and Running Rain: Keeping It Clean! Slowing It Down! is part of a youth education kit being developed by the university of Nebraska-LIncoln Stormwater Management Team. The purpose is to teach youth across Nebraska about water resources with a focus on watersheds, urban water runoff isues, and rainwater harvesting/green infrastructure. You can also download coloring pages here!
Omaha Stormwater: City of Omaha's website for everything stormwater related
Opportunities for the Green Industry
Learn more about the roles that nurseries, designers and contractors have to play in implementing best management practices and green design parameters for enhanced stormwater quality and reduced stormwater runoff.