Director of Sustainability Alexandra Ramsden and her Biomimicry Puget Sound co-founder, Jennifer Barnes, introduce a less explored strategy with great potential in stormwater mitigation: Evaporation. Their article focuses on how to learn from our local ecology to reduce polluted stormwater runoff by incorporating the “missing link” of evaporation into a discussion which has hled prior to the deadline, including a Spokane session on September 11 and a second in Olympia on October 16. The code amendments are available at the Washington Code Council site which also includes a link to submit written comments. The new rules are scheduled to gistorically only focused on infiltration and storage as the primary opportunities to reduce runoff.

The Urban Greenprint project (which unveiled the degree to which our local forests evaporate water) is slated to enter its third phase in the coming months. The previous phases focused on research and outreach; Phase 3 brings together the knowledge gained to date to generate design tools to implement strategies inspired by nature into Seattle’s built environment.

 You can read the full article where it is featured on the Biomimicry in the Built Environment Blog.

UPDATE: The article is also featured in GreenBiz.