Stormwater project in Kansas City features green solutions, secures additional $250,000 in funding

July 18, 2011
Rain gardens, rain barrels and other green solutions are helping to reduce stormwater runoff in the Marlborough area of Kansas City, MO...
Rain garden in Kansas City's Marlborough neighborhood.

KANSAS CITY, KS, July 18, 2011 -- Rain gardens, rain barrels and other green solutions are helping to reduce stormwater runoff in the Marlborough area of Kansas City, MO.

EPA has completed the installation of eight demonstration rain gardens at private residences there. The Agency is also installing 20 rain barrels and disconnecting an equal number of roof drains that are connected to the sewer system in the same area.

These demonstration projects on private property complement the work the city is doing to install rain gardens, permeable pavement and other green solutions in the public right-of-way of a 100-acre area that extends from 73rd Street to 77th Terrace and Holmes Road to Paseo Boulevard.

EPA has provided more than $1 million dollars to assist in Kansas City's green solutions effort through its National Risk Management Research Laboratories in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Edison, N.J., and its Region 7 office. Partners on this project include Mid-America Regional Council, City of Kansas City, Mo., University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Alabama, Tetra Tech EMI, Shockey Consultants, Marlborough Coalition and student volunteers.

An additional $250,000 will be provided for the collection of scientific data after the green solutions are installed.

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