Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clean Clear Waters Case Study

The Clean Clear Waters Challenge was launched at the first certified home. The bold new program will now enable local building projects to obtain a “Clean Clear Waters” designation by complying with advanced erosion control practices. The home is located in the Village of Shorewood Hills. It captures 100% of rooftop run-off with rainwater recovery and native landscaping features. It also uses advanced erosion control and storm water management practices during construction.

John Imes, Executive Director of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, speaking to the crowd at the launch of Clean Clear Waters Challenge.

In this image, note how the builder combined erosion control socks with sufficient landscape mulch on sloping areas.


Strategies include:

  • Use of redundant straw bale and erosion control socks in areas with steep slopes
  • Chip and reuse site-cleared wood and brush as mulch
  • Mulched entire building site after backfill and home completion
  • Wisconsin State Journal Article

    The Wisconsin State Journal described the home as a "showcase for advanced erosion control practices." Read more here.

    Press Release

    The launch held at the first certified home was designed to highlight the important role builders and developers can play in improving our lakes by implementing best practices in erosion control, landscape conservation and storm water management. The role of local communities was also highlighted at the event. Discover more information about the launch that occurred on November 5th, 2013 in the press release.

    Fact Sheet

    Despite rigorous storm water management and erosion control requirements in the Village of Shorewood Hills, the homeowners and builder employed additional strategies to reduce the potential for run-off from the site. Read more about the strategies this home used to help improve the quality of Madison lakes on the fact sheet.

    Native Wisconsin Plants

    The first Clean Clear Waters certified home also utilizes native landscape plantings that are ecologically adapted and native to South Central Wisconsin including:

  • Native River Birch and Winterberry
  • Woodland Savanna Garden Mix
  • Prairie Garden
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Prairie Mix
  • Find out more about native Wisconsin plants here.

    The above image illustrates that the site is completely mulched. It also established and maintained a single stabilized construction entrance to ensure that Clean Clear Water measures were implemented.

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