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Since 2006, greenWELLS has sponsored www.artfulrainwaterdesign.net - a website designed for the exchange of ideas pertaining to how beautiful stormwater systems can be developed.
The concept of "artful rainwater design" is based on the premise that new stormwater management techniques focusing on non-point source pollution, water balance, and small storm hydrology can also be used to create new site amenities.
These designs result in greater user satisfaction and perceived value (i.e., design that not only addresses stormwater management in better ways, but also transforms these management systems into stormwater-based amenities).
New stormwater requirements present significant amenity design opportunities that deserve to be recognized and exploited.
One product that helps stormwater infiltrate is GeoBlock; a type of paver structure. Ann & Stuart Echols used GeoBlock to build their driveway in Pennsylvania. It has held up quite well with daily use, and has supported dump trucks carrying tons of gravel and pallets of stone.