Sewage and Polluted Runoff
Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Polluted Runoff and Sewer Overflows
Increasing development and antiquated, over-taxed wastewater treatment systems mean that when it rains, untreated sewage and polluted stormwater pour directly into rivers from sewage treatment plants and dirty streets and parking lots. This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife.
To reduce this pollution we work on the local, state and federal levels to promote a range of green infrastructure solutions — from small scale practices such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels, to larger scale efforts for comprehensive low-impact development. These approaches work in concert with nature’s systems to collect and filter runoff and reduce pollution in our rivers and streams.
- Read our new report, “The Economics of Green Infrastructure”