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Introduction to Curbs Cuts- Treating Stormwater as a Resource, not a nuisance
February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A curb cut is a rainwater harvesting feature that allows stormwater to flow into parkways or planting beds in parking lots, instead of running down the street, picking up pollution that ends up in the ocean. Curb cuts allow runoff to be directed into pervious areas and filtered through the soil. They can help to direct, slow, spread and sink stormwater, irrigate water wise plants and street trees, and prevent flooding.
Curb cuts are part of a larger vision or series of practices that have been called by many names, including Green Streets and Low Impact Development. They are part of a paradigm shift in what solutions we implement for challenges with water in the built environment and in our native environment. The shift is from the Pipe it, Pave it, Pump it model to the Slow, Spread and Sink model.
Some parts of Santa Barbara County have been implementing some of these practices and rewriting their codes to include them. A variety of municipalities in CA have adopted them – including Los Angeles, Berkeley, Ventura, and others out of state- with varying amounts of annual rainfall- such as Tucson AZ and Portland OR.
In our PowerPoint presentation, you will see examples of curb cuts in our area and in other communities, learn about local design standards, and benefits and challenges of capturing stormwater. We can join together to advocate for best practices for curb cuts in the public right of way in our local area, and for their common use.