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Green Infrastructure

Around the world, cities are adopting green infrastructure to help store, absorb and filter precipitation. Green infrastructure can be implemented on a small site scale, neighborhood scale or community-wide scale and performs two important functions — protecting water quality and reducing the quantity of stormwater runoff. 

This website provides tools and resources related to policy, planning and mapping, financing and maintenance to help you explore how green infrastructure could be incorporated into your community.  

Why Green Infrastructure?
Policy
Planning and Mapping
Costs and Savings
Maintenance

 

The Wisconsin Sea Grant has worked with 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Birchline Planning, LLC, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to create the workbook Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: An Audit of Local Codes and Ordinances. This workbook leads communities through editing and updating their local codes and ordinances in order to remove some of the barriers to implementing green infrastructure. To learn more, download, or use this workbook in your own community find more information in the Policy section.