Why We Must Harness Green Infrastructure—Not Concrete—To Secure Clean Water



Now is the time to broaden the use of green infrastructure techniques as a tool to manage water resources in the U.S., write Todd Gartner and James Mulligan. “We’re in a critical moment — natural ecosystems continue to degrade, existing gray infrastructure continues to age, and costs continue to rise,” they note. “Even if just a portion of upcoming water infrastructure investment is directed toward green infrastructure, the opportunities for cost savings and water-related benefits are immense.”

Todd Gartner is a Senior Associate for the World Resources Institute’s People and Ecosystems Program. He focuses on developing new ways to finance conservation and restoration though the use of conservation incentives and market-based strategies, such as habitat mitigation, payments for the protection of drinking water, and carbon markets.


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