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A Greener Approach

Improving water quality has become an environmental objective in most county and city jurisdictions and consequently, the current regulatory environment has been modified to ensure that future development incorporates infrastructure elements which treat urban stormwater runoff. Urban stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the quality of the receiving waters. Higher runoff flows can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure. WRMA's approach to stormwater management utilizes a combination of proven traditional methods with best management practices (BMPs) and Green Infrastructure elements to ensure that a WRMA design is compliant with local, county and state requirements for treatment of urban stormwater runoff while also enhancing functional reliability. While it is necessary to comply with water quality regulations, WRMA understands and believes in the importance of preserving the quality of our nation's water resources and the critical role those resources play in the maintenance of healthy eco-systems which rely heavily on the food and habitats provided by surrounding water bodies.

Environmentally Sustainable Design

Green Infrastructure practices utilized in WRMA designs use vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments. At the scale of a city or county, green infrastructure refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provide habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, and cleaner water. At the scale of a neighborhood or project site, green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water. Most green infrastructure elements can be applied at both scales and can be strategically sited to provide the maximum benefits for a given available project site or watershed area.

Why Do It?

WRMA's engineering team is experienced in designing stormwater management systems for government, commercial and residential facilities which strategically incorporate green infrastructure elements to provide the maximum benefits in the form of stormwater credits. This greener approach to design is mutually beneficial to the environment as well as to the property owner because when designed strategically, a developer can maximize the amount of usable land areas on a particular property, using that space for additional units or amenities which can increase appraisal valuations instead of large stormwater detention ponds which provide no intrinsic value to a property and can be costly to maintain. The environment also wins in this design approach in the form of higher quantities of treated stormwater runoff which helps to reduce the environmental impact of a new development on nearby water bodies. Contact us to learn more about how WRMA can incorporate green infrastructure into your new development or existing stormwater management system.

Green Infrastructure Elements

Some of the best management practices and green infrastructure elements incorporated into WRMA stormwater management designs may include many of the following elements.

Re-Routing of Rooftop Drainage Pipes

Reduces Runoff and Provides a Water Source

Bio-Retention Vegetated Basins Absorb Runoff

Urban Rain Gardens which Collect Runoff

Vegetated, Mulched, or Xeriscaped Channels

Paved Surfaces that Allow for Infilitration

Streets which Incorprate Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Laden Parking Lots

Roofs Covered with Vegetation and Media

Reduces Runoff and Stabilizes Soils

Mitigates Water Quality Impacts of Stormwater