Green infrastructure is designed to manage stormwater and help it infiltrate into the ground instead of directing runoff into the stormwater system.
Traditional stormwater management such as gray infrastructure uses conventional pipe drainage and water treatment systems that are designed to move stormwater away from where it falls as quickly as possible.
Green Infrastructure uses plants, soils, and other elements and practices to manage water and filter pollutants close to where it falls. Infiltration protects surface water quality and reduces flooding downstream.
Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in our local rivers and lakes. Green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source while providing economic, environmental, and social benefits.