Storm Busters

Sustainability

Blueprint

Storm Busters

Urban areas lack green spaces to absorb rainfall, causing pollution and flooding. The Cities of Service Storm Busters Blueprint creates green spaces and improves waterways to decrease storm damage.

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Background

Ideally, when rain falls, the water is absorbed and filtered by a natural collection system of soil, plants, and trees. All too often, however, overdevelopment leaves a city with little green space and too few plants and trees. Mayors are recognizing the value of creating and preserving their cities' green infrastructure as an effective approach to stormwater management.

Required Elements

To ensure success, the mayor's office engages appropriate city leads, technical experts, and local partners involved in green infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and volunteer management. The mayor's office also secures donations and grant funding. Volunteers assist in planting and caring for trees and rain gardens, cleaning up waterways, and restoring river banks.

Executing The Plan

Environmental organizations, neighborhood groups, faith-based groups, youth and adult service organizations, local colleges, and corporate volunteers can be great partners for Stom Busters projects. Volunteers can choose to serve in four different types of projects: tree plantings, tree buddies (caring for the trees during their first year), rain garden plantings, and waterway clean-ups.

Measuring Impact

Collecting data on the impact of Storm Busters is essential for demonstrating results and partners are key to metrics collection. Required metrics include: number of trees planted, amount of rainwater runoff mitigated, number of rain gardens planted, amount of waterways cleaned, and square footage of riverbanks restored by tree plantings and invasive species removal.

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