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Landscape Architecture Students Tackle Urban Stormwater

During the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters, a group of landscape architecture students participated in a design charrette and raingarden implementation to create solutions to stormwater runoff. Stormwater carries harmful pollutants to water bodies, and causes soil and streambank erosion. The courses' objective was to create a number of different detailed design solutions for the target area and increasing the understanding of storm water management issues and design applications.

The students, led by Lee Skabelund, designed low-impact best management practices to address these issues. Students worked with Kansas State's housing and dining services, as well as representatives of InSite Design Inc., Conservation Design Forum Inc., and Tetra Tech EM Inc., to accomplish the project.

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