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Slow the Flow – Make Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge

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With the assistance from the UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resource Program, the Water Board Training Academy and the Storm Water Program have produced a film titled, “Slow the Flow: Make Your Landscape Act More Like a Sponge.” This informative and entertaining film brings to life practices and projects that individuals and communities have created to steward our watersheds and slow the flow of storm water, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways.

The half hour high definition documentary features a Sacramento landscaper who shocks his neighbors by pulling out his traditional front yard lawn and cement driveway, and putting in rain gardens, swales, native landscaping, and permeable paving; a suburban community that votes in a bond measure to pay for their school district to move to green multi-benefit watershed landscape practices and low impact development at all their schools; and a non-profit which is helping an urban neighborhood remove concrete and put in sidewalk gardens and median parks. The projects and approaches highlighted are very low-tech, green, habitat-enhancing, and beautiful – making a good argument for kicking back and not raking the leaves or watering the lawn.

The film educates viewers on how storm water is created, and the associated problems. While the statistics peppered throughout the film are sobering, Slow The Flow offers solutions that any homeowner or municipality can put into place, and shows that individuals can make a difference.

icon showing water flowing with text reading Slow the Flow - Making Your Landscape Act Like a Sponge and provides link to film Video - Slow the Flow
Hosted on YouTube …
(run time: approximately 30 mins)

Forum with Michael Krasny - KQED Radio
Stormwater 101
Friday, December 10, 2010

Interview with Greg Gearheart
the California Water Board.
Copies of the film are available on DVD, digital download and other high resolution formats. Email stormwater@waterboards.ca.gov or phone 866-563-3107 to request your copy.


Contact Dylan Seidner to add your Slow the Flow event to the calendar.

Resources Mentioned in the Film and Useful LID and GI Information