"Bee" good to earth
One of the ways we reduce pesticide and fertilizer use – and achieve a wide range of other benefits – is by expanding natural areas. Compared to grassy lawns, natural landscaping and prairies:
- Require fewer chemicals – better for water quality
- Require less or no mowing – saving money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Require less or no irrigation – saving water
- Provide habitat for wildlife
- Often have colorful wildflowers that are pleasing to the eye
Rain gardens are an effective way of reducing run-off. By absorbing rain, they reduce the amount of water that rushes through storm drains, carrying trash, chemicals, and sediment to creeks and rivers.
This rain garden at Munger Graduate Residences is both attractive and effective.
Storm water management also includes infrastructure you can't readily see for yourself, such as underground infiltration basins. Learn about some of U-M's major storm water projects in a related presentation: