Zoom webinar invitation - Introduction to Curb cuts- treating stormwater as a resource instead of a nuisance
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 8, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Introduction to Curb cuts- treating stormwater as a resource instead of a nuisance
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Some of you may be asking- so what? Why the fanfare about features that capture and use stormwater from our streets, especially since we’ve had a total of one rainy day in the last ten months? Will it ever rain enough again to warrant the attention on this practice? Will these features make a different if actual stormwater runs down the street so infrequently?
Curb cuts are part of a larger vision or series of practices that have been called by many names, including Green Streets and Low Impact Development. They are part of a paradigm shift in what solutions we implement for challenges with water in the built environment and in our natural environment. The shift is from the Pipe it, Pave it, Pump it model to the Slow, Spread and Sink model.
Some parts of Santa Barbara County have been implementing some of these practices and rewriting their codes to include them. A variety of municipalities in CA have adopted them – including Los Angeles, Berkeley, Ventura, and others out of state- with varying amounts of annual rainfall- such as Tucson AZ and Portland OR.
In our PowerPoint presentation, you will see examples of curb cuts in our area and in other communities, learn about local design standards, and benefits and challenges of capturing stormwater. We can join together to advocate for best practices for curb cuts in the public right of way in our local area, and for their common use. Curb cuts can help to direct, slow, spread and sink stormwater, irrigate water wise plants and street trees, and prevent flooding.