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Note the new permeable pavement section. The drainage area beneath it can hold up to 21,500 gallons of captured stormwater runoff at a time. Also note the new native plant landscaping and public art installations.
The tree trench in the high school’s parking lot captures and filters stormwater runoff — up to 25,600 gallons at a time. It is also fitted with water quality monitoring equipment that can be used by students and researchers alike.
Stormwater Reuse System
This underground storage tank holds stormwater runoff that drains from the gymnasium roof and the adjacent plaza. When full, this 110,000-gallon tank can hold enough water to irrigate the athletic field for up to two weeks without any additional rainfall.
Plaza and Community Garden
Edison’s rebuilt plaza features a new concessions building, which also houses the pumps for the stormwater reuse system. A community garden and greenhouse will serve as a learning spaces for students, while a canopy of solar panels (to be installed in fall 2016) covering the plaza will provide enough energy to power up to 40 percent of the school’s electricity needs.
IB Biology Class
The stormwater and energy features at Edison High School are designed to be integrated into the school’s academic programming. Edison’s International Baccalaureate classes have already incorporated some of the school’s stormwater infrastructure.
Edison’s athletic field was rebuilt in 2015 with help from a grant from the Minnesota Vikings.