Many communities are embracing a new approach to managing runoff that focuses on capturing rainfall and preventing it from polluting surrounding waterways. By using green infrastructure techniques such as green roofs, rain gardens, tree planting, and permeable pavement, they are managing stormwater problems at a lower cost and realizing a wide range of other benefits from reduced air pollution, energy use, and urban heat island effect to improved wildlife habitat and aesthetics.
To help cities address water quality and urban runoff issues, The Trust for Public Land helps create parks and protect land that feature green infrastructure solutions. This approach not only helps cities manage stormwater, but also provides lasting and broad community benefits. Appropriately designed playgrounds, parks, gardens, and trails are a cost-effective approach to managing runoff, while at the same time improving air quality, cooling the city, and providing residents with public spaces to enjoy.