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Example of a rain garden planted with native vegetation. In addition to providing stormwater treatment, bioretention practices can provide other benefits such as habitat and aesthetic value.
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Schematic showing spectrum of stormwater control practices ranging from gray to green infrastructure. Source: Taguchi et al. 2020. Water:12:522
Information: We are building information on green infrastructure into this website. The links below will be populated during the next 1-2 years.
Green Infrastructure: Throughout this manual, these green alert boxes identify practices and concepts related to green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure encompasses a wide array of practices, including stormwater management. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) encompasses a variety of practices primarily designed for managing stormwater runoff but that provide additional benefits such as habitat or aesthetic value.

Water management using green infrastructure practices mimics the natural water cycle. Examples of green infrastructure practices include planting trees, restoring wetlands, enhancing biodiversity, and restoring floodplains. Green infrastructure incorporates both the natural environment and engineered systems to provide clean water, conserve ecosystem values and functions, and provide a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife. Green infrastructure can be applied on different scales, from the house or building level, to the broader landscape level. On the local level, green infrastructure practices include rain gardens, permeable pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting systems. At the largest scale, the preservation and restoration of natural landscapes (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands) are critical components of green infrastructure.

Stormwater management using green infrastructure practices involves keeping and using water close to its point of origin (i.e. keeping the raindrop where it falls). Practices include those local practices mentioned above - rain gardens, permeable pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting systems. Because there multiple benefits of these practices, in addition to stormwater management, the manual includes a variety of topics related to green infrastructure as illustrated below.

Green Infrastructure: Throughout this manual, these green alert boxes identify a stormwater practice that is considered a green infrastructure practice.

This page provides links to information on green stormwater infrastructure, green infrastructure, and sustainable stormwater management.

Green stormwater infrastructure and sustainable stormwater management

Green stormwater infrastructure best management practices

Additional information on green stormwater infrastructure

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