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Green Infrastructure - Charles River Watershed Association

Green Infrastructure

The use of natural systems, soil, and vegetation to manage stormwater runoff as a means of creating healthier urban and suburban environments. Green infrastructure can be implemented on a large scale, as in a large network of preserved or created natural areas that provide habitat, flood protection, and improve air and water quality. On a small scale, the use of green infrastructure techniques like rain gardens, bioswales, rain barrels, permeable pavement mimics nature by capturing water and carrying it slowly through cities.
Green Infrastructure - Charles River Watershed Association
Green Infrastructure - Charles River Watershed Association

Source: U.S. EPA, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Image source: CRWA

See also:
Low Impact Development
Stormwater Runoff
CRWA’s Blue Cities Initiative: Restoring the Natural Hydrology to the Urban Environment  

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