Earlier this spring I worked with a local design group to create interpretation of innovative stormwater treatments that help mitigate stormwater runoff and keep the Truckee River clean.
Working with an art director, I came up with a series of four signs to be located on or near the grounds of the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center (right). Another artist created the metalwork that houses the signs. In September, we were thrilled to see the signs installed!
about stormwater runoff
Urban stormwater runoff has been recognized as contributing to the degradation of rivers and streams. Runoff from rooftops, parking areas, and other impervious surfaces carries pollutants into storm drains and into the Truckee River without treatment.
about low impact design
Low Impact Design, or LID, is an innovative stormwater management approach that includes modeling nature and allowing the ground to hold, soak up, filter, and naturally treat rainwater.
LID includes rain gardens, depressed grassy swales, and other landscape areas collecting and treating urban runoff.
LID retrofits to the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center area include rooftop snow slide clips and rain gutters to collect rainwater and snowmelt, impervious swales to transport rainwater away from the building and into the landscape depression or rain garden, and a new parking area made of pervious concrete.
These retrofits will treat storm water, allow for infiltration into the ground, and assist in watershed protection within the Truckee Meadows.