nathan luedtke wrote:Erica, I like your ideas for encouraging slow snowmelt.
It called to mind this old article from BLDGBLOG, about techniques to "artificially" extend and increase glaciers.
I'm sure there is an entire sub-discipline of swale technology involved in capturing and directing (and Slowing, Sinking, and Spreading) Snowmelt.
I imagine that shoveling the driveway/paths could direct extra moisture into water capturing systems. (only a little bit though)
And snow fences could be strategically deployed over the swale system to capture extra winter precipitation.