Green Infrastructure

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The Environmental Science Capstone group has been working with the Rochester Museum & Science Center for the past 5 years to develop a better understanding of how we can use and maintain green infrastructure over time. Green Infrastructure, also known as GI, are spaces that mimic the natural environment's ability to capture, filter, and direct stormwater to be used by us or to safely re-enter our watershed. The museum's GI includes a green roof, bioretention areas, rain gardens, porous pavement, and rain barrels. Each installation has a role to play that aids in water management. The Green roof contains a bunch of layers of material and soil that is designed to utilize rainwater for watering plants that live on the roof. Bioretention areas and rain gardens on campus help funnel stormwater to areas where water can drain through soil which act as a natural filtration system. Porous pavement, found on the sidewalks and parking lot, are designed to allow any excess water to easily go through the pavement by trickling down or infiltrating into the soil below. The Rain Barrels are rainwater storage units that allow for water reuse.There are still things we don't know about how GI works over an extended period of time. Or how GI should be maintained in order to ensure environmental benefits. However, this 5-year long project we are working on uses a combination of different monitoring equipment and techniques that provide us with data that can help us better answer these questions about the potential of GI.


Johnston Benjamin,
Lupe Franchi

Christy Tyler

Capstone Group

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