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Green Infrastructure Program Provides Communities with Resourceful Toolkit

Aug. 10, 2017

The Green Infrastructure program aims to lessen the burden of creating or maintaining effective green infrastructure initiatives in Central Ohio communities.

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. Runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. When rain falls on streets and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Green infrastructure is a way to create a natural filtration and an aesthetically pleasing solution to reducing the impact of stormwater runoff on rivers and streams. It uses vegetation, soils, and other elements to restore some of the natural processes required to manage water. 

“At its core, the green infrastructure program provides tools and services to our local governments, so they have better understanding of green infrastructure best management practices,” said Rachael Beeman, a MORPC Associate Planner.  “This resource allows communities to successfully implement a project in the region.”

MORPC partnered with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and local communities to develop an interactive map. The map provides examples of ways to manage stormwater that can complement community development initiatives and promote economic vitality.

This map also highlights a small sample of green infrastructure projects which have been implemented adjacent to transportation facilities throughout Central Ohio.

For more information, please visit http://www.morpc.org/Sustainability/green-infrastructure-/index.