Rainy Day Project Tour Highlights Low Impact Development Stormwater Infrastructure

Angie Gruys, Resource Conservation District

On December 15, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County facilitated an all-day field tour of five Low Impact Development (LID) demonstration projects that were partially funded through a countywide Proposition 84 stormwater grant. The rain was a welcome surprise, which under most circumstances would have been a bust for an outdoor tour. We were able to watch runoff flowing through vegetated swales, across pervious pavement, and into groundwater recharge structures.

Project managers, engineers, designers, and contractors shared their lessons learned and technical details about each of the projects they worked on. Participants were able to ask questions about techniques used at each site to gather valuable information for future projects. More information on these projects including downloadable project designs are available here.

Thank you to the following agencies and professionals who spent the day with us sharing their knowledge and helping further the implementation of more environmentally friendly stormwater management practices:

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