Link to May 8 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article.
Excerpt: The roof of Milwaukee's Central Library sprang to life, and went to work, in Friday's steady rain.
Thousands of sedum, a ground-covering plant, and clumps of chive and ornamental grasses - all perennials - were planted Friday in a six-inch layer of small gravel and soil spread across 30,000 square feet - nearly seven-tenths of an acre - to create a green roof atop the historic building, said Taj Schoening, business operations manager for the Milwaukee Public Library.
Its job is to mimic nature. The living roof will collect and store thousands of gallons of rainwater during a downpour, rather than allowing the clean water to drain immediately to a street sewer, Schoening said.
Building a Common Agenda note. Sent link to Rep. Spencer Black. (Generally considered to be the Legislature's leading environmental advocate.)