Sustainable stormwater management works to reconcile natural hydrology with human land use and development. Typically, a city’s stormwater management strategy is driven by federal regulatory requirements, existing sewer infrastructure, and the regional climate and ecology. Plans and strategies take shape within the context of the street, where transportation and utility infrastructure compete for space and zoning codes shape development patterns.
Integrating green stormwater infrastructure into the right-of-way requires a coordinated approach and a holistic vision for sustainable urban design. Planning a stormwater network concurrently with an active transportation network unlocks new opportunities for cities and their streets.