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Natural Cities: Urban Rainwater Management

Urban Rainwater Management
Contributed By: Kristen Casey, Green Tech Charter High School

This project puts students into the role of environmental engineers by addressing an environmental problem that affects urban areas.

Rain runoff in urban areas causes flooding, damage to property, contamination of local
waterways and can affect the safety of drinking water. Although this lesson is focused on the Albany Pine Bush area, it can be replicated, as urban runoff is an issue in any city.

In the project, students research rain garden designs, collect data about their school campus and work collaboratively to create their own rain garden design proposal. Along the way, they keep a journal about their progress and lessons learned.

 This lesson is a great example of how students can learn through doing. It uses the school grounds as the area of research and exposes students to new ways of thinking about familiar places.

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