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Sustainable Stormwater Management Walking Tour

By stormwater

This tour on the MSU campus (East Lansing) provides information on sustainable stormwater management practices. According to the National Water Inventory, stormwater is the fourth leading polluter of streams and rivers. Pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and metals flow with stormwater from roads, parking lots and buildings entering rivers and streams, degrading water quality, and causing environmental damage. Due to the size of the campus and proximity to the Red Cedar River, MSU has developed a concerted effort to capture stormwater and remove these pollutants before reaching the river. The practices being implemented are innovative sustainable approaches to achieving water quality goals. Not only do several of these systems effectively remove pollutants but they also increase green space and create new habitats for plant and animal communities. This tour displays innovative stormwater management practices for the benefit of the MSU community and surrounding areas.

  1. Porous Asphalt: IM West Parking Lot

    Okemos, MI 48864, USA

  2. Riparian Buffer: W. J. Beal Botanical Garden

    Lansing River Trail, Michigan State University, Okemos, MI 48864, USA

  3. Green Roof: Wells Hall

    619 Red Cedar Road, Michigan State University, Okemos, MI 48864, USA

  4. Rain Garden: Erickson Hall

    Okemos, MI 48864, USA

  5. Rain Garden: Plant & Soil Science Building

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  6. Bioretention Basin: Farm Lane

    East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

  7. Recycling Center: Service Rd

    Green Way, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA