When it rains, it pours.
And when it pours, stormwater flows, picking up debris and toxic chemicals on roads, which ultimately pollute nearby waters.
Capturing this flow and making it work for communities is a challenge for urban planners and engineers. Enter green infrastructure: an engineering technique that mimics nature but is less costly than the traditional means of building tunnels, drains and mains.
The green infrastructure approach redirects stormwater into the soil through porous pavements, shrubbery on rooftops or sunken grassy areas along the edges of roads and parking lots.
The federal government has been promoting this approach since 2011. The nation’s cash-strapped cities, towns and counties, some of which face legal action for combined overflows of stormwater and wastewater, are looking upon this approach as a less costly way to achieve compliance.
There is a renewed focus on infrastructure investment in light of President Donald Trump’s promised trillion dollar infrastructure package. This week engineers and environmental advocates, local government officials and businesses descended on Washington D.C. to articulate what they would like to see included in this plan. Green infrastructure dominated the conversation among many local officials, who urged Congress to give them the ability to use this approach alongside traditional construction.
In this video, Kahlil Kettering, the Nature Conservancy’s urban planning director, talks about how green infrastructure has been put to use to capture stormwater from the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Md.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)