Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure
Most people are familiar with “gray” water infrastructure — the hard, concrete and metal pipes, holding tanks, pumps, water tunnels, and treatment plants. These systems play a key role in managing drinking water, wastewater and combined-sewer systems.
“Green” infrastructure is a newer approach to stormwater management that mimics nature by capturing stormwater so it can either be reused or seep into the ground where it falls, rather than flowing into underground sewer and storm pipes. Methods for stormwater capture include rain gardens, pervious pavement, planted swales, and storage containers such as cisterns and rain barrels. Green-infrastructure features can help reduce stress on water systems and can provide good local jobs, as well as making the communities where they’re installed healthier and more beautiful.
Both gray and green infrastructure are important components of water infrastructure systems statewide. Communities with combined sewer systems in particular will be evaluating gray- and green-infrastructure approaches to come up with the best combination that meets regulatory requirements cost-effectively and in a manner that provides tangible community benefits.
Report on the Evaluation of Water Audit Data for New Jersey Water Utilities
The Green Infrastructure Exchange Has Launched!
The exchange is a new practitioner network that supports, via accelerating peer learning, innovation and implementation, managers of public green infrastructure programs seeking to adopt and grow green stormwater infrastructure programs.
New Guidance: Designing Parks and Public Spaces with Green Infrastructure
Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee issues design recommendations.
The Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee has released recommendations for designing new parks and public spaces with green infrastructure to manage stormwater. Green infrastructure features allow parks and public spaces to manage stormwater, control flooding, and improve water quality in ways that complement and can even enhance their other functions. Green infrastructure features can be especially useful in flood-prone areas and in cities that need to reduce combined sewer overflows.
Green Infrastructure Toolkit from the Georgetown Climate Center
This toolkit from the Georgetown Climate Center can help local governments at different stages of their green infrastructure programs find the resources and examples that are most helpful to them.