Green Infrastructure uses plant or soil systems to reduce the flow of stormwater into sewer systems, lakes, rivers, and streams. Bioswales, natural areas and rain gardens are a few common types of green infrastructure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pollutants carried by stormwater make up approximately 70% of all water pollution. Green infrastructure absorbs and filters stormwater before it enters waterways. Some of the benefits include:
Improved water quality
Small-scale stormwater and flood control
Attracts beneficial birds, butterflies, and insects
Preserves native vegetation
Aesthetically pleasing (they look good!)
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