Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Big Impact from Low Impact Development


"I paid a lot for it, but it's worth it." That's a statement the average American can relate to. As a consuming culture we often equate cost with quality: the more it costs, the better the product. Sometimes that's true, but not when it comes to your involvement in the efforts to improve the City of Richmond's stormwater system.

There are many ways you can be a part of the City's efforts, but there's one thing you can do that will have a major impact on the environment and still keep money in your pocket.

Low Impact Development (LID) is a highly effective and attractive approach to controlling stormwater pollution and protecting developing watersheds and already urbanized communities. LID works by offering a wide variety of structural and nonstructural techniques to reduce runoff speed and volume, and improve runoff quality.

This procedure is aesthetically pleasing in comparison to a traditional structural stormwater conveyance system. Its aesthetic appeal allows versatility and the opportunity to experiment with its various styles without emptying your pockets.

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