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Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

Green infrastructure typologies used at Canning Greenworks Studio include a range of natural or semi-natural features, such as forests, wetlands, and green roofs, that can help provide ecosystem services such as air and water purification, climate regulation, and biodiversity conservation. Green infrastructure can also provide benefits such as reducing the urban heat island effect and improving stormwater management. The urban heat island effect is the phenomenon of cities being hotter than surrounding rural areas due to the absorption and retention of heat by buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. This can have negative effects on human health and energy consumption, but can be mitigated through measures such as planting trees and creating green spaces. At Canning Greenworks Studio, we have over 20 years of research based practice experience with a variety of stormwater management practices which involve managing the flow of rainwater and other precipitation to prevent flooding and water pollution. This can be done through measures such as onsite infiltration, tree trenches, and other forms of green infrastructure. Onsite infiltration involves capturing and filtering rainwater on site to prevent runoff and improve water quality. This can be achieved through techniques such as rain gardens and permeable pavement. Other techniques include tree trenches which are linear stormwater management systems that use trees and other vegetation to capture and filter runoff. They can help reduce flooding, improve water quality, and provide other benefits such as improving air quality and reducing the urban heat island effect.

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