Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that anyone can embrace which protects, restores, and/or mimics the natural water cycle and helps Charleston become more resilient. Green infrastructure focuses on collecting and harnessing rainwater on site at the source (where rain falls), instead of directing rainwater away from the built environment into drainage infrastructure.
Green infrastructure is effective, economical, and enhances community safety, beautification and quality of life as it also protects water quality, and reduces runoff and the overall quantity of water entering and overburdening drainage infrastructure that was not sized many years ago for the extreme rain events Charleston is experiencing today.
To become truly rainproof, you need to improve the sponge effect of the city. That includes...the public and private spaces such as streets, gardens and rooftops, says [Amsterdam] Rainproof programme manager Daniel Goedbloed.
There are many types of green infrastructure and best management practices Charlestonians could embrace to help make our community more resilient.
Learn more from Amsterdam (PDF)! Learn how Dutch residents, businesses, organizations and government are all working together in Amsterdam to collectively "rainproof" their city.
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