Rainkeepers Project Initiative

The Science Museum of Virginia has worked with key partners to develop an environmental site design, demonstration, education and training center. Stormwater management technologies are being incorporated on-site at the Museum’s Broad Street location

Our project initiatives include six dynamic elements:

  • Green Roof
  • BayScapes Garden
  • tree box filters
  • bioretention areas
  • porous pavers
  • rainwater harvesting system

The Museum will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the improvements during and after the installation.

Training and certification programs for professionals and laypersons are being developed to support the installation and implementation of stormwater management technologies within Richmond and surrounding communities.

The Museum is also working with partners to study the effects of stormwater technologies on the entire sewer drainage area to the James River. Included in the study will be the Shockoe Creek watershed which serves as the combined sewage overflow for the city of Richmond.  This study will collect and analyze data to assist stormwater management planning for the future and will look at possible impacts of climate change.