A flooded street is not a complete street, but stormwater management is often overlooked in urban street design. Increasingly, city transportation departments are partnering with water departments to fully leverage the opportunities for sustainable stormwater management in the right-of-way. Though constrained urban streets have a number of competing demands, green stormwater infrastructure can be integrated into street designs that achieve other city goals, such as traffic calming, increasing public space, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and enhancing transit. Through inter-departmental collaboration, cities are unlocking new funding and achieving shared goals for more sustainable streetscapes.
During this panel session at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in New York City, learn more about tools and strategies from the newest publication from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO): the Urban Street Stormwater Guide, a resource for transportation professionals, land-use planners, stormwater engineers, and complete streets advocates alike. Practitioners from three American cities will also share stories on collaborating across agencies, developing innovative green infrastructure projects for streets, and identifying new strategies for measuring performance.