Mon February 10, 2014
Earth Calendar for February 10th and February 11th
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released phase II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package.
The calculator, a part of President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan, is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific location. The Calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate change scenarios.
The updated calculator includes climate models that can be incorporated into the calculation of stormwater runoff. This adds future climate scenarios to last year’s phase I release, which included local soil conditions, slope, land cover, historical rainfall records.
Users can enter any U.S. location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes, including inexpensive changes such as rain barrels and rain gardens, can reduce stormwater runoff. This information shows users how adding green infrastructure, which mimics natural processes, can be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce stormwater runoff.
Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people. It also negatively impacts our economy – from closed beaches to decreased fishing in polluted areas. Green infrastructure can reduce the damage caused by climate change by improving water quality in streams and rivers, protecting groundwater sources, and enhancing recreational activities. Using the calculator to choose the best green infrastructure options for an area is an innovative and efficient way to promote healthy waters and support sustainable communities. More information on the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package is available online.
On Our Calendar: Experience 5 interactive workshops designed to help parents create an environment to raise healthy kids, right from the start. Topics include: Making Soap and Salve the Old-Fashioned Way, Growing Healthy Children, Exploring Non Toxic Cleaning Practices for the Home, Rain Barrel Workshop, and Know and Grow Your Own Baby Food. February 15th Noon to 4:30 pm & February 16th - Noon to 3:30 pm at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati OH 45203. Registration is requested. Call 513-262-0366