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09/26/2013 - Cincinnati State Will Participate In Great Outdoor Weekend Sept. 28-29

September 26, 2013

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Cincinnati State Will Participate In Great Outdoor Weekend Sept. 28-29
Cincinnati State will be one of the more than 50 venues open to the public this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 28-29) for the Great Outdoor Weekend, a regional effort designed to promote healthy outdoor activity.

The outdoor areas of Cincinnati State’s Clifton campus, which include a Frisbee golf course and a functional arboretum, will be open to the public all weekend for self-guided tours.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, Mark Deacon, chairman of Cincinnati State’s Landscape Horticulture Technologies Program, will lead a guided tour of the rain gardens and other stormwater control structures that were recently installed on campus as part of a “green” initiative with the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati.

The rain gardens help absorb stormwater on the hilly campus, keeping more than 8 million gallons of water annually from flowing into the MSD combined sewers that serve the neighborhoods near the Mill Creek.

Releases from combined sewers during heavy rains are a major source of the water pollution that environmental regulators are now addressing in Cincinnati and a host of other Midwestern cities. Engineers – as well as analysts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – are now studying the cost-effectiveness of using “green” controls of the sort employed at Cincinnati State’s campus to segregate stormwater from urban sewage systems.

In addition to rain gardens, the controls on the Cincinnati State campus include cisterns, permeable pavement, infiltration chambers and other structures that store and slowly release stormwater. The project has also allowed the College to add to its substantial collection of woody and herbaceous plants, and develop “outdoor laboratories” for its environmental engineering technologies, stormwater management and sustainable horticulture programs.

Sunday’s tour will begin at the Cincinnati State Greenhouse adjacent to the Ludlow Parking Garage, near the intersection of Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway in Clifton. The address for the college is 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

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