As defined by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Low Impact Development (LID) refers to a variety of practices designed to mimic natural drainage to manage stormwater flow. The overarching goal is to minimize the impact of development on the natural landscape and environment. In contrast to high impact development with mostly impervious surface and grey infrastructure, these practices encourage stormwater percolation into the soil. In addition to managing stormwater volume, this helps to filter out pollutants that may be picked up by stormwater as it makes its way to natural waterways.
What are the Benefits of LID?
Yes! In 2020, Warren County updated its stormwater regulations and technical design guide to allow for green infrastructure practices for water quality best management such as wetlands, permeable pavements, infiltration practices, and bioretention. Not only is low impact development permissible in the county, but with the numerous benefits, it is strongly encouraged!
Other examples of Green Infrastructure that can be used as part of a Low Impact Development plan can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure/what-green-infrastructure
Urban team BLOG
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