Rain-Ready Green Stormwater Features
Cities and towns in Santa Clara Valley are working together to create sustainable or green streets, buildings, and parking lots that mimic natural landscapes by incorporating rain-ready, green stormwater features. These features allow rainwater flowing over buildings, streets, and parking lots to soak into the ground and be filtered by soil. This reduces the quantity of water and pollutants flowing into storm drains and local creeks. Many of the same ideas used in public projects can be adapted for homes.
Green stormwater features include pervious surfaces, rain barrels and cisterns, rain gardens, and green roofs.