Runoff Control at Four Scales

“Green infrastructure makes sense for the Milwaukee region,” says Kevin Shafer

“Implementing the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan will be a monumental undertaking over the coming decades, but the beauty of green infrastructure is that it complements what already exists, builds from the success of our existing infrastructure, naturalizes and beautifies our urban fabric, and can be built in our front and backyards alike,” concluded Kevin Shaffer.

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New York State releases Green Infrastructure Planning Guide

“While most people prefer to make land-use decisions that restore the environment, land planners and decision makers may still overlook key natural resources. Just as we plan for our gray infrastructure – roads, bridges, power lines, pipelines, sewer systems – so should we plan to conserve natural resources as our green infrastructure”, said Karen Firehock.

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FLASHBACK TO 2009: City of Surrey hosted Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum

“Living Water Smart provides a framework and sets a direction. The purpose in convening for action is to establish consistent expectations on-the-ground: This is what we want to achieve, and this is how we will get there. Our immediate objective in convening for action is to encourage ‘green choices’ that will ripple through time,” stated Kim Stephens. “We are NOT saying that every community must follow the same formula; what we are saying is that everyone needs to agree on expectations and how all the players will work together, and after that each community can reach its goals in its own way.”

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Are Rain Gardens Mini Toxic Cleanup Sites?

“Rain gardens are being embraced worldwide because they do their job so well. The worry is that these same, very efficient rain gardens that are cropping up in our parking strips and front yards are doing their job so well that they could become residential toxic sites. But in fact are they? Not according to the research that’s available,” writes Lisa Stiffler.

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

“We’re in a critical moment—natural ecosystems continue to degrade, existing gray infrastructure continues to age, and costs continue to rise. 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,” writes Todd Gartner.

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Monitoring Green Infrastructure Performance in the City of Portland

“Information on how well green infrastructure facilities perform is critical to quantify their benefits, lower maintenance costs, ensure public safety, and improve overall design and function. n particular, information was desired on how well the facilities could reduce peak flows and total flow volume, which have implications for watershed health and regulatory compliance in the combined sewer system,” stated Tim Kurtz.

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