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Water: Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency


Climate change is affecting us now. As different parts of the country become drier, wetter or hotter, green infrastructure can help improve community resiliency today and into the future.

Street flooded after a storm
Infiltration-based practices, floodplain management
and open space preservation can complement other measures to lower flood risk.

Cracked soil from an extended drought
By infiltrating water where it falls, green infrastructure can help replenish groundwater reserves, relieving stress on local water supplies and reducing the need to import potable water.

Woman walking down a busy street
Plant trees and build green roofs to reduce urban heat island effect.

Green roof
By reducing local temperatures and shading building surfaces, green infrastructure lessens the cooling and heating demand for buildings.

Storm drain collecting water after a storm
By reducing rainwater flows into sewer systems, green infrastructure can reduce pumping and treatment demands for municipalities.

Sand dunes
Living shorelines, buffers, wetlands and dunes can help reduce coastal erosion and storm impacts.

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