What is Green Infrastructure and How Can it Help Detroit?
Green infrastructure can mean a lot of things to different people in Detroit. To DWSD green infrastructure is a collection of storm water management approaches intended to soak up storm water where it falls before it can enter the sewer system. It is green because these approaches, whether completely natural or constructed, often use trees and native plants to soak up storm water. It is infrastructure because these approaches work together to create a low-cost system for managing storm water.
Whatever we can do in Detroit and southeast Michigan to soak up storm water instead or letting it drain into the sewer system will take the load off the Detroit WWTP and keep our rivers and lakes clean.
What are Green Infrastructure Approaches?
There are many green infrastructure approaches you can consider trying at your home, business, church, or school. Select a type of green infrastructure approach to learn more about what it is and how to do it on your property.
Mature rain garden
What Are the Benefits of Green Infrastructure?
Some possible benefits of trying green infrastructure on your property include:
- Reduced storm water drainage charge through DWSD’s future Green Rewards program.
- Beautification and increased property values. Homes with new street plantings can increase in property value by up to 10 percent (CNT 2010)
- Reduced violence rates. Greened parcels are associated with reduced gun assaults, vandalism, and stress. Greened parcels can also support increased exercise and healthy actions (SEMCOG 2014).
- Reduced wastewater treatment costs citywide. Using green infrastructure to reduce 20 percent of storm water runoff from major roads in the City of Detroit can reduce treatment costs by approximately $2 million annually (SEMCOG 2014).