Urban Runoff: Design a School Stormwater Management Plan

Lesson plan with video, grades 9–12



Whether a city is rebuilding after a devastating storm or simply looking to revitalize and improve, working with nature rather than against it is a key part of the process of redesigning our cities to be more resilient and sustainable. This lesson introduces students to the problem of urban runoff and a variety of nature-based design ideas and solutions. Through a school mapping activity, students determine which solutions would be best suited to dealing with urban runoff on their school grounds.


Lesson Plan

Student Handouts


stormwater, urban runoff, green infrastructure, natural solutions, pollution, water

Published September 2016