Stormwater Management is the Harrisonburg community's effort to provide water quality protection of our streams and rivers.
Environmental initiatives (including programs and projects) by the City of Harrisonburg and by our community.
The mission of the Public Works Department is to enhance the quality of life of our citizens by providing efficient public services, protecting the public interest with good environmental policies, enforcing codes, and constructing, operating and maintaining the City's infrastructure.
The Model Home Showcase Nights showcased several urban best management practices (BMPs) that several homeowners in the Cooks Creek and Blacks Run watersheds had installed through the grant.
The area behind Harrisonburg Public Utilities and Public Works contains approximately 1,500 linear feet of Blacks Run riparian area. Most of the area that was planted with trees is approximately 45 feet from the wetted edge of the stream on both sides.
A raingarden was created to infiltrate the runoff from an 8000 square foot parking lot in Purcell Park.
A long spillway for stormwater overflow was converted into a riparian zone by staff at Eastern Mennonite University and student volunteers.
The Potomac Conservancy donated over 100 seedling trees to be planted in the City's Parks and Recreation Maintenance property on Chicago Avenue. Students from Mr. John Hoover's Biology class at Eastern Mennonite High School planted the trees along stormwater ditches on the property.
A raingarden was created at the base of a large parking lot on Spotswood Elementary School grounds to filter stormwater run-off. The students learned about native plants and watershed concepts in addition to helping with the planting.
An eroding stream bank was re-sloped and vegetated with help from the Boy Scouts, and under the supervision of staff from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.