Water Conservation

Figure 1: IPCC's map showing expected changes throughout the world. Source: www.ipcc.ch
Figure 1: IPCC’s map showing expected changes throughout the world. Source: http://www.ipcc.ch

Water conservation consists of two initiatives rain barrels and gardens and xeriscaping. Together the initiatives will maximize the neighborhoods ability to use water. Rain barrels and rain gardens catch stormwater during downpours and retains the water from becoming polluted runoff.  This initiative turns what is typically looked at as a negative and turns it into a positive. Alternatively xeriscaping (zer-i-skaping) landscapes with water conservation in mind. This may not appear to be a major issues during years like 2015, but remembering back to 2012 droughts be damaging to the State of Indiana.

Additionally the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts droughts to increase in frequency for the Midwestern States into the future (p. 7, 2014). By planning for these changes now, the neighborhoods will be prepared when the next drought comes, while having plants that are adapted to respond.

Initiatives:

Rain Barrels and Gardens

Xeriscaping

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