Art Farm Rain Water Catchment System, Somerville, Ma.
Water for Art Farms green house and large raised planter is provided by a 1250 Gallon rainwater catchment system with a jet pump and pressure tank providing 60 psi pressure for the farms irrigation systems. This system removes 600 gallons of storm water from the cities storm drains for every 1” of rain fall and is capable of capturing 2” of rain fall in a heavy storm. The system is designed to proved near 100% of the requirements of the large raised farm bed during a “normal” New England growing season. During droughts supplemental watering will be proved by the city of Somerville. The five 250 gallon tanks in the system are recycle food grad “totes” from Whole Foods bakery. Using these “totes” allowed recycling of an industrial product and a significant cost savings. Water storage is usually the most expensive part of this type of system.
North Creek Rain Garden, Everett, Ma.
Community engagement project developed to promote awareness about water quality issues in the Malden River. Clay designed and the built the rain garden and facilitated a community volunteer work day planting event with local Everett youth group from La Comunidad. Rain Garden is located on the Everett segment of the Northern Strand Community Trail. It address drainage and erosion issues to a small tributary to the Malden River called North Creek. Native wet meadow plants used in garden.
Beebe School Rain Garden, Malden, Ma.
The Rain Garden at the BeeBe School is a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) SEPs are environmentally beneficial projects that a responsible party agrees to undertake in settlement of an enforcement action. Clay coordinated securing of the project for this location with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Mystic River Watershed Association. Clay redesigned the planting and developed an educational event for sixth grade students of the Beebe School to learn about rain gardens, water quality and environmental science. Rain Gardens capture and clean storm water running off of roads and parking lots to local rivers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_garden
Solar Decathlon 2009
Designed and built Integrated Storm Water Management System for BAC/Tufts Curio House 2009 entrant into US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. System includes waterfall sculpture, fish pond, cistern and pumping system. System is portable, was built in Medford, trucked to Washington DC. and reassembled on the Washington Mall.
Rainwater Recovery Inc.
Worked on design team and as field project manager for design build engineering firm specializing in large and small scale rainwater harvesting systems. Images below are of a 30,000 gallon system that has both a flood storage function as well as a rain water reuse capacity.