No excuses: Rain barrels are easy and attractive

Even the fussiest homeowner will recognize that today’s rain barrels are neither eyesores nor mosquito havens but symbols of responsible home ownership, reducing stormwater problems and conserving groundwater supplies.

zoralathan | October 26, 2010 | Two rain barrel installations in the community of Arundel On The Bay, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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Infiltration gardening: Stormwater strategies demonstrated in Madison, Wis.

The Madison Area Metropolitan Storm Water Partnership has contributed to the production of these videos which outline the management considerations of urban and suburban runoff.

“People need to understand, water runs downhill.”

“Keep water where it lands and soil in its place.”


“We’re disconnecting these impervious surfaces from the storm sewer network.”

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Utah legalizes rainwater collection

Signed into law March 10, 2010: Utah Senate Bill 32
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah … A person may acquire a right to the use of the unappropriated public waters in this state only as provided for in this title. … A person may not acquire a right to the use of water either appropriated or unappropriated by adverse use or adverse possession. … Notwithstanding Section 73-3-2, a person may directly capture and store precipitation as provided in Section 73-3-1.5. … after registering for the capture and storage of precipitation in accordance with Subsection(5). The state engineer shall provide a website on which a person may register as required by Subsection(3).

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