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Working with Water: Supporting a Healthy Ecology on Our Streets

Historically, streets have formed an impermeable paved layer on top of green space, disrupting hydrological cycles and requiring expensive stormwater infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and protect ground and surface water quality. As cities face increasing frequency, duration, and intensity of storm events, as well as more persistent drought conditions, it is time to ask more of our streets.

In this interactive session, learn the strategies (now codified in the NACTO Urban Street Stormwater Guide) that cities have used to create streets that serve as truly public spaces, while delivering social and economic value, protecting resources, and reconnecting natural ecological processes.