FLASHBACK TO 2011: Capital Region’s ‘Bowker Creek Blueprint’ demonstrates that major breakthroughs happen when champions in local government and in the community share a vision and align their efforts

”People eagerly embrace the opportunities for engagement and education. They really want to share their thoughts and experiences. Residents have a stake in restoring watershed health. There is so much experience that we can mine. We who live in the watershed are the experts,” stated Soren Henrich. He helped build buy-in. He is a professional graphic artist. Among his many contributions is the Bowker Creek Initiative logo.

Green Infrastructure Requirements and Incentives: What was learned from a survey of 50 municipalities across the United States

Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle. "States whose communities have incorporated LID or green infrastructure into stormwater management include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington," reports Eva Birk.

Leading Change in the United States: Forester Media publishes White Paper on Green Infrastructure Case Studies for Stormwater

The report highlights several innovative green infrastructure stormwater projects. "By examining projects over diverse parts of the country, readers will be able to assess trends and techniques that consider various stakeholders in their stormwater projects," wrote Margaret Buranen. "There are a variety of ways to handle rainwater runoff with green infrastructure and many factors to consider when evaluating options."

Gowanus Canal (New York City): America’s most toxic waterway gets some help

"Our infrastructure should be as resilient as the New Yorkers that call this great city home, Managing stormwater is a critical step on our path towards sustainability. This project proves that taking care of our environment and providing amenities to the public are not mutually exclusive — in fact, quite the opposite is true. The more green infrastructure and open space we create, the greater the public’s stewardship," stated New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.

Mimic the Function of Natural Watersheds: City of Victoria implements Stormwater Utility + Rainwater Rewards Program

The Stormwater Utility provides the City with the capability to influence landowner actions on the ground for the common good. “The utility is both an equitable and proportionate billing system. It also builds awareness of how to reduce our environmental and utility impact and find ways to incentivise more sustainable choices for water management," stated Fraser Work. “Building climate change resilience is the responsibility of everyone!”

ARTICLE: “We need to work at multiple scales and multiple levels to improve conditions in our small stream watersheds—that’s our strategy,” stated Chris May when explaining application of science-based understanding in Kitsap County

"We have applied this whole systems concept to develop our strategy for watershed retrofit and rehabilitation. Now it is a matter of wait and see in order to be able to show the positive effects of the retrofit program," stated Chris May. "Everyone wants instant gratification, but realizing the benefits takes time. It took 100 years to get here. It will take 100 years to turn the situation around. The initial signs are good. The monitoring shows that Kitsap County may be ‘holding the line’."

YOUTUBE VIDEO: Green Infrastructure Takes Stormwater Management ‘Back to the Future’ – Andy Reese, 2011

Andrew Reese sees stormwater management going "back to the future" faster than a 1982 DeLorean with a "flux capacitor." Even if you don't get his clever reference to the Steven Spielberg movie, it suffices to say: Big changes are coming out when it comes to regulating pollutants in stormwater. And, it turns out, mimicking nature with green infrastructure can provide a reliable means of meeting new standards.

OP-ED: Do Green Streets Actually Work for Stormwater Management? – reflections by Jonathan Page on eco-region differences

"Surprisingly, there are very few peer-reviewed research papers that have evaluated Green Streets on a stormwater control and treatment basis. There are a couple of factors related to the lack of available datasets," wrote Jonathan Page. "One factor is the 'newness' of the Green Streets and Green Infrastructure movement; another contributing factor is the difficulty in monitoring and instrumenting Green Street projects for research."

Green Infrastructure in Kitsap County, Washington State: Manchester Stormwater “Park” achieves desired environmental and social outcomes in Puget Sound

“A spiral rain garden is the focal point of the park. Water that typically flows off the hillside is collected and treated through this facility. Then every half-hour, one cell of the three-cell spiral walls releases its water charge through rocks located on the sides of the figure. It then filters the water through the spiral, putting clean water back in to Puget Sound,” explained Andrew Nelson.