An international group of experts, including David Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, collaborated on "From Rain Tanks to Catchments: Use of Low-Impact Development To Address Hydrologic Symptoms of the Urban Stream Syndrome." They looked at how urban population centers could better meet water supply needs while protecting natural stream ecosystems."Using LIDs (low-impact development technologies) to create this kind of localized, widely distributed approach to stormwater management will require individuals and public agencies to be open to significant change,” states Feldman. “We expect the government to manage our water supply completely, and in some places, it’s even illegal to harvest rainwater locally. Laws and habits are going to have to change if we are to adapt to new climate and urban realities.
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