Storm Water Videos

Storm Water Videos

 

The State Water Boards’ Storm Water Program’s Slow the Flow Video Series

The State Water Board’s Storm Water Program is proud to present “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior,” a seven part follow-up film series to the Water Board’s 2011 film “Slow the Flow: Make Your Landscape Act More Like a Sponge”.  The films are produced by On The Waterfront Creative with assistance from the UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resource Program and the Water Board Training Academy.  Each of the “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior” films falls between five to seven minutes in running time. 

In this time, when much of California is facing drought and limited water supplies, these seven films bring to life simple practices that individuals and communities can do to conserve water, become stewards of our watersheds, and slow the flow of storm water from homes and businesses.  The “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior” series focuses on low impact development practices and projects anyone can do on or around their property, such as alternatives to a lawn based garden, proper management of lawns (if you must have one), disconnecting your down spouts, adding bioswales and rain gardens, and converting paved areas to more permeable surfaces.

 1. “Slow the Flow: What the Heck is Storm Water Runoff and Why is it a Problem?.” This short film provides an insightful overview of storm water, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways.

2. “Lawn Removal – Lawn Begone” is Episode 2 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds.

This video provides a quick introduction to the many benefits of getting rid of your lawn and how to do it!. This video also briefly describes the many negative impacts lawns and lawn maintenance may have on storm water quality.

3.  “Make the Water Go – Disconnecting Down Spouts” is Episode 3 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds. 

This video provides an overview of how to use storm water from your roof as a resource by disconnecting the path it traditionally takes to the storm drain. Disconnecting your down spout is one of many tools you can use at home to shrink your ecological footprint and improve the quality of rivers and streams!

4. “Lawn practices – Grass can Always be Greener” is Episode 4 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds. 

If you decide to keep a lawn, what can you do to make it stay green, take less green (cash) to maintain and still be green for the environment? Watch this short how to video on having a truly green lawn at your home.

 5.  “Soils – Digging Up the Dirt on Soil” is Episode 5 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds.

This short video is full of important information on how to transform your dirt at home into a thriving ecosystem. Building a healthy soil builds healthy plants and can save water. Healthy soil acts like a sponge and soaks up much of the water that would otherwise runoff the landscape. Even though we do not see it most of the time, fertile soil is full of hard working critters that create an important part of the food web!

6.  “Permeable Pavers – Breaking Up is Easy to Do” is Episode 6 in a series of exciting instructional videos on what people can do to change how storm water leaves their landscapes and how they can be stewards of their watersheds.

Breaking up hard spaces in your landscape at home can really help in slowing the flow of water from storms or irrigation! Giving the water a place to go other than the storm drain is one great tool in your Slow the Flow tool box. This episode provides some design ideas and information on eliminating hardscapes in your neighborhood.

 7.  “Swales are Swell and So Are Rain Gardens” is Episode 7 the last in the series of instructional videos the Water Board has been posting on how we can be stewards of our watersheds – which starts at home. Make sure to keep in the loop for upcoming events showcasing these videos.

When rain hits hard surfaces, it runs off and is collected by the storm drain system and can end up polluting the water body it drains to. This video focuses on alternatives to directing water off your property through creating depressions in your landscape that slow the flow and often create habitat full of native flora and fauna.

You can view all the Slow the Flow films on our Storm Water Films webpage, State Water Board’s YouTube channel, or follow the Slow the Flow team on Facebook and Twitter.  We also encourage you to share these films within your organization and communities.

Thank you for taking the time to Slow the Flow! 

Copies of the film are available on DVD, digital download and other high resolution formats. Emailstormwater@waterboards.ca.gov or phone 866-563-3107 to request your copy.

 


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