While green stormwater solutions may be second nature to professionals, developers still have a lot to learn.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a subset of low impact development (LID), which decreases the amount of stormwater conveyed to large municipal systems and reduces the impact of overflows and flooding events. Stormwater engineers are trading pipe flow rate equations for soil infiltration rates and designing systems that keep rainwater on the site, where it lands, thereby returning rainfall to the natural environment after cleaning it. But not all land developers and owners understand the advantages of adopting green stormwater infrastructure. However well-conceived and constructed site owners and developers must see and understand the value of these systems to support the architects and engineers who design them.