Stormwater Dance and Ideas Featured at “On Site: Putting Dance on the Map”

Thirsty Flood LogoHow do YOU deal with standing water in your home or yard? Submit YOUR ideas and see them displayed on November 3rd at “On Site: Putting Dance on the Map”.

LakeDance, in partnership with the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability, is collecting design ideas from you on how you deal with standing water in your home or yard.  We want to know what you have done or what projects you envision, to bring excess water from your property down into the ground.

Please e-mail a jpeg or pdf of a photo, drawing, or written description of your existing or proposed storm water mitigation project by November 1 to clare@lakedance.org.  Suggestions may include: porous pavers, trees, rain gardens, rain barrel/downspout disconnection, or even your story about how you watch your lawn flood and slowly drain.

The clearest 100 designs will be displayed at a public dance event on November 3rd promoting “green” solutions to urban flooding. The dance is titled “Thirsty Flood: Impermeable” and will be held at Fountain Square at 2:30 pm.  This event is part of “On Site: Putting Dance on the Map” which shares in Evanston’s 150th Birthday Celebration. Click here for more information on “On Site: Putting Dance on the Map.

Chicago was built on spongy, poorly drained ground, far from an ideal place for a city. We have drained or filled in many of our wetlands. (90% in Illinois. Chicago Atlas of Biodiversity, 2011.) However, after a big storm, your backyard may yet resemble one of these “historic” marshes. Due to a combination of changes in weather and an increase in nonporous surfaces, “Urban Flooding” is becoming more common in our region. LakeDance, an Evanston-based dance group, responds to these realities with a short performance piece. The dance-story titled, “Thirsty Flood: Impermeable,” tells of a tree whose roots are able to draw down heavy rainwater only after the ground-suffocating pavement cracks. Performances November 3rd are every 20 minutes beginning at 2:30 at Fountain Square – Downtown Evanston.

For information on Urban Flooding and on ways to bring water into the ground, please visit:

Please contact Lake Dance at clare@lakedance.org with questions or comments.

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