Greening Your Community through Cost-Effective LID

This series of five fact sheets explain Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), and sustainable design in order to help communities understand and adopt smart land use. This information describes how LID and GI not only help to manage stormwater and improve groundwater supplies, but also can reduce flooding, improve water quality, lower maintenance costs, and increase property values. MassAudubon suggests that preserving existing GI is a first line of defense against climate impacts such as increased storm intensities, while achieving long-term cost savings.

The papers each include details on the benefits of implementation of LID, along with cost breakdowns, success stories from communities engaged in these techniques, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The 5 Fact Sheets cover the following topics:

1. Preserving Natural Assets - Nature-Based Solutions: value of green infrastructure including improved water resource management and financial benefits. 

2. Conservation Design: the principles of conservation design, how and why conservation design is used, the financial benefits it can provide, and examples of local communities that have implemented these techniques.

3. Low Impact Development Best Management Practices: how nature-based solutions can work with engineered solutions to manage stormwater - with a review of the costs, benefits, and answers to common questions

4. LID In Local Zoning and Regulations: how to utilize local regulations to reflect the green priorities of your community such as learning what to look for in your own bylaws

5. Urban Water Quality Improvements: includes a case study of a town in  Massachusetts that restored an urban stream’s nutrient problems through LID practices - including how much they saved over using conventional stormwater management practices.

 

Related Organizations:

  • Massachusetts Audubon Society

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