Madison Wisconsin Has Sustainability Going On!
A recent trip to Madison provided the opportunity to visit another community’s vision of what integrating raingardens into a residential neighborhood would look like. The Friends of Lake Wingra, the city of Madison, and the Adams Street neighbors came together to construct 9 raingardens in 2005/2006.
“Where possible, gardens collect street runoff, otherwise they collect water from sidewalks via sidewalk grates. Four-inch pipes direct water into the gardens, and 6-inch tall overflow pipes are located in each garden to prevent flooding. The overflow pipes take water back into the regular storm pipe system.” ADAMS STREET RAIN GARDEN PROJECT.
Like Integrity’s OUR Water Project, scheduled for installation during July 2013 on Hamlet Street in Weinland Park, the Adams Street project included a first-year maintenance program , and the homeowners were included in conversations about plant choices for their properties. Unlike the OUR Water Project, which is designed to blend into a neighborhood with more traditional landscapes, the Adam Street design called for a wilder, more unkempt look.