Greening Stormwater

Introduction

Communities across Michigan are developing plans for addressing polluted stormwater runoff. While many cities are looking at traditional concrete and pipe approaches to address runoff problems, innovative new approaches — sometimes referred to as “soft path” or “green infrastructure” — are multiplying that promise to better protect rivers and lakes while enhancing community beauty and sustainability.

This report illustrates the innovations and processes of several communities that are leading the way to more sustainable methods of addressing stormwater pollution. We urge other communities to learn from the approaches outlined herein. And we urge the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to promote statewide awareness of these projects among local government officials while offering meaningful financial incentives for their implementation.

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