Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure


U.S. EPA information site regarding 'green infrastructure' and its impact on improving management of water runoff during storms. Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies. At the largest scale, the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands) are critical components of green stormwater infrastructure.

How Does Green Infrastructure Benefit the Environment? Reduced and Delayed Stormwater Runoff Volumes - Enhanced Groundwater Recharge - Stormwater Pollutant Reductions - Reduced Sewer Overflow Events - Increased Carbon Sequestration - Urban Heat Island Mitigation and Reduced Energy Demands - Improved Air Quality - Additional Wildlife Habitat and Recreational Space - Improved Human Health - Increased Land Values -


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