Green infrastructure is the practice of infiltrating stormwater by use of natural systems in order to reestablish a healthy water flow. These systems allow for the infiltration of stormwater before it is released into conventional storm and sewer system, protecting our lakes, rivers, and streams from harmful pollutants. These practices lead to vital community features such as public parks, forests, rivers, wetlands and lakes. Using these natural systems to treat stormwater results in cleaner water, improved air quality, healthy wildlife habitats, and safe recreation sites. Urban areas are beginning to face new state and federal regulations to clean up rivers and reduce stormwater runoff. With green infrastructure these communities can create comprehensive plans, determine new development areas, and redevelop other areas in need and will improve local communities and attract good jobs.
There are many different types of green infrastructure that range from simple rain barrels all the way to porous pavement. If you are interested in installing green infrastructure on your property visit Grand River Rainscaping Program: Treating Stormwater Naturally for more information
The vision of green infrastructure in the Lower Grand River Watershed is shown on the Natural Connections map below.
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