Low Impact Development

A sustainable approach to land development (or redevelopment) that works with nature to manage storm water as close to its source as possible.

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Michigan elementary students plant rain garden
Michigan elementary students plant rain garden
Jul 4 2018
Students from Parkside Elementary in Rockford, Mich., planted a rain garden to capture storm water runoff and protect Rum Creek. Approximately 150…
Jul 3 2018
Rick Hitchcock, senior principal, and Mark Underwood, principal, of Hitchcock Design Group will discuss green infrastructure improvements in…
Indianapolis theater uses green solutions to mitigate flooding
Indianapolis theater uses green solutions to mitigate flooding
Jun 29 2018
When an Indianapolis theater was planning an expansion, the owners knew the site’s storm water runoff management plan needed improvement. Tucked…
Washington, D.C., cemetery turns to green infrastructure for storm water runoff
Washington, D.C., cemetery turns to green infrastructure for storm water runoff solution
Jun 12 2018
The Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C., has incorporated green infrastructure and removed 18,000 sq ft of impervious surfaces with the goal of…
LID design as an erosion control solutions
Vegetation was established through the pliable dome-shaped HPTRM in less than one growing season.
May 25 2018
Today’s engineers are not just taught construction theory, shear strength and soil type. Environmental influences have become a focus of education…
Pittsburgh turns to green infrastructure for storm water management
Pittsburgh turns to green infrastructure for storm water management
May 25 2018
Pittsburgh has designed a new park with the capacity to manage 4 million gal of storm water runoff. Liberty Green Park, a 3.5-acre site on the corner…
Oct 13 2017
Students at Kenollie Public School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, are looking forward to the next rain storm. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)…
Oct 13 2017
San Marcos, a small city in the North County region of San Diego County, Calif., now stands out as a distinct, regionally identifiable city with its…
Sep 13 2017
The new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library is a 24,655-sq-ft single-story facility in Long Beach, Calif., that includes areas for children, teens…
Sep 29 2016
Above: Gravel surface prior to installation of the permeable pavement. Low impact development (LID) treatment systems commonly are used to reduce…
Jun 30 2016
Low impact development (LID) has emerged as an effective approach to storm water management. Its basic principle is modeled after nature: Manage…
Jun 15 2016
Arcadis recently released its inaugural Sustainable Cities Water Index, which revealed U.S. cities are among the most susceptible in the developed…
Jun 10 2016
Contech Engineered Solutions launched a new online program for designing storm water detention and infiltration systems. The new tool will allow…
May 27 2016
Since Neal Communities began development of the new Grand Palm Housing Community, in Venice, Fla. in 2012, Oldcastle Precast Cape Coral has been…
May 12 2016
Urban runoff and wildlife waste contributed to high levels of bacteria at Rhode Island’s Bristol Town Beach. But series of restoration measures has…
Feb 2 2016
Sediment basins have long been the primary means of providing sediment control on larger construction sites and have generally been accepted as…
Dec 2 2015
The first time I came across the term “low impact development” (LID) was in the June 1999 “Low Impact Development Design Strategies” manual released…
Nov 30 2015
Urban environments in Australia are not that different than those in the U.S. They also struggle with contaminated water running off and causing…
Sep 16 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the largest art museum in the U.S. Located since 1880 on the eastern edge of Central Park, it…
Sep 16 2015
In the modern age of commercial development, low impact designs not only are possible, but often are required by zoning ordinances. What once was…
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