Bioswales, rain gardens, tree filters and permeable paving will enhance neighborhoods and downtown areas. These practices can also renew the health of brooks and ponds, as well as reduce community costs for polluted runoff.
A January 2015 EPA report on “Green Infrastructure Opportunities …” offers exciting examples and case studies of low impact designs with multiple community benefits. Green infrastructure applies natural processes to cleanup stormwater and improve the vitality of cities and towns.
This report has many photos and illustrations showing how local officials, civic groups and businesses can utilize green infrastructure in small and mid-sized communities.
Additionally, the report clearly explains the costs and benefits of diverse techniques, as well as advantages and disadvantages of green infrastructure funding sources. This guide also describes ways that projects can be easily modified to reduce costs, recognizing the community resources are limited.
The helpful guide is available at http://www.epa.gov/owow/OCPD/green_infrastructure_roadshow.pdf