To help protect our lakes and rivers, we need to manage how water flows over our roofs, driveways, and lawns. But how can you help when you don't own any land? If you’re a renter, this can be challenging. Here are some simple ideas that even your landlord can get behind.
The Problem: The Three Q's
Quality: Stormwater carries things we leave on impervious surfaces. It carries:
Quantity: It doesn’t soak in, so streets, sewers, and lakes and rivers receive more water
Quickness (rate): Water flows faster over impervious surfaces, causing flash flooding and erosion
Slow it down: Reduce impervious areas and allow water to soak into ground. This can be done in a number of ways:
Use it: Install rain barrels or direct water flow to garden
Clean it up:
Stand in his/her shoes: Offer low-cost solutions easy to maintain through tenant turnover
Seek out other ways to help at the community level
● Voice your opinion to communicate renter demand – change the paradigm!