Stormwater runoff is one of the primary causes of surface water pollution in the United States. Poor land development practices contribute significantly to this problem by failing to control both the quantity of stormwater and the pollutants carried by stormwater into our waterways. It is for this reason that the Watershed Management Division officially launched the Green Infrastructure Initiative in 2012. The Initiative works with internal and external partners to promote the adoption of low impact development principles and the use of green stormwater infrastructure practices, both of which utilize and mimic natural processes to mitigate and treat stormwater runoff.
Throughout the country, and even here in Vermont, engineers and developers are looking more and more towards natural systems to manage stormwater. Want to see a few examples locally? Check out the bioretention cell at 133 State Street in Montpelier or the constructed gravel wetland at the St. Albans Park and Ride. Both are great examples of green stormwater infrastructure in action.
To learn more about low impact development and green stormwater infrastructure visit the Green Infrastructure Webpage.