When nature is utilized in an infrastructure system, it is called “green infrastructure”


Green Infrastructure Approaches
Help Mimic Natural Water Cycles

ed-shadrick-bv-kansas_cropped_120p“Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle,” wrote Ed Shadrick, Senior Ecologist at Black & Veatch in Kansas City.

“When nature is utilized in an infrastructure system, it is called ‘green infrastructure’, whereas “gray infrastructure” is the term often used for engineered structures.”

Rain Gardens in Langley Township, British Columbia

Rain Gardens in Langley Township, British Columbia

Survey of 50 Municipalities Across the United States

Rainwater management strategies that slow, spread and sink rainwater runoff close to its source through recognized practices are a component of green infrastructure.

In early 2015, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commissioned a review of the permits, codes, and ordinances from 50 municipalities across a broad range of climate zones to determine the scope of so-called LID (Low Impact Development) adoption throughout the country.

The survey determined that only one lacked any form of green infrastructure in its stormwater requirements, noted Ed Shadrick.

He concluded that “the NAHB study demonstrates that green infrastructure is prevalent across the country and its use is likely to expand because of the benefits provided.”

To Learn More:

Download Green Infrastructure Approaches Help Mimic Natural Water Cycles to read the complete article by Ed Shadrick.

Download Green Infrastructure Requirements and Incentives, a survey by the United States National Association of Home Builders.