While roadways make up a small part of urban areas, they are a significant contributor of urban pollutants and stormwater runoff. Municipalities are faced with addressing these issues amid a host of other challenges, including increasing population growth and density, fiscal constraints, aging infrastructure and unpredictable weather.
By incorporating low impact development (LID) into the road right-of-way, municipalities can transform their roads into green streets that improve their level of service and reduce the risks associated with stormwater management. By increasing infiltration and evaporation, LID practices reduce the amount of stormwater runoff produced and ease the burden on municipal infrastructure, extending its life and reducing investment needed to install, maintain, repair and upgrade the system. LID practices also filter out pollutants before entering streams and rivers.
Are you a municipal planner, engineer, technical staff or councillor looking to improve your municipality’s level of service for stormwater management while reducing risk and liability? This guide can show you how.
The Low Impact Development Road Retrofits provides you with information, guidance, case studies and tools to help you implement and operate Low Impact Development Road Retrofits practices in the right-of-way in municipalities of any size.