Toledo, OH -- American Rivers today applauded the Toledo City Council for taking a major step toward protecting clean water. The Council voted last night to allow the use of 21st century green infrastructure solutions in projects located within the City. The City of Toledo will now allow pervious pavement as an eligible alternative for required off-street parking, including parking lots, and natural water filtration with native plants, including rain gardens, as an alternative to current landscape requirements in parking lot islands.
Katie Swartz, conservation associate from American Rivers, made the following statement:
“Toledo City Council made a big step in the right direction yesterday. Our nation is at a transformational moment when it comes to our rivers and clean water. Other cities should follow Toledo’s lead and embrace a 21st century approach to water that integrates green solutions.”
“Green infrastructure projects around our community will manage stormwater wisely and help keep our water supply clean, protecting public health and the recreational areas we all enjoy for boating, swimming, and fishing.”
“Last year American Rivers held a Green Infrastructure Tour and City Councilman Joe McNamara was able to join us. I am pleased to see that Toledo is working towards the cost-effective, proven, and reliable green solutions that were demonstrated on the tour.”
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American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.