Special Projects

The Initiative and its members have been involved in a number of special projects over the past few years. Here, we provide links to RGI hosted pages that describe some of the more recent and current projects.

Green Corp, Ongoing
The Lucas County Green Corps is a partnership that will improve the region's water quality by demonstrating and installing a variety of innovative urban conservation and water management practices and providing education, job-training, employment and service opportunities for at-risk youth. The partnership will train at-risk youth to install urban water management and conservation practices. These practices will include a green roof and a gray water reuse system, tree planting, rain gardens, and rain barrels. The program will demonstrate effectiveness and benefits of these practices to the public so that urban stormwater conservation practices will be increasingly applied in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Maywood Avenue, Ongoing (here)
The Maywood Project is a neighborhood scale project that will utilize Low Impact Development (LID), or green infrastructure, to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality. The green infrastructure components will consist of bioretention, homeowner rain gardens, and rain barrels. The rain garden construction will include excavation, soil preparation, native plantings, drainage pipes under driveways, and sidewalks to connect the areas.

Green Infrastructure Workshop, 2009 (here)
This workshop featured speakers on a variety of topics, including stormwater management, greywater and water reuse, green infrastructure on brownfield sites, and much more! The second day was spent in the field visiting local examples of green infrastructure projects. The workshop was sponsored by the Rain Garden Initiative, in partnership with U.S. EPA and Tetra Tech. The local planning team included City of Toledo, American Rivers, Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, Toledo Zoo, USDA-NRCS, and The Nature Conservancy.

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