A green infrastructure plan to empower citizens in accessing environmental studies, technical manuals and other resources to promote and implement green infrastructure at the community level.
(2012) By Watershed Watch in Kentucky. This Plan will help individual citizens access environmental studies, technical manuals, and other resources that explain the benefits of green infrastructure, and provides the tools to promote and implement green infrastructure solutions in their communities. this Plan will not outline a single path for implementing green infrastructure, but will provide a range of strategies and important considerations that can be adapted to address unique local challenges.
Although stormwater impacts are most often attributed to larger cities, stormwater runoff poses a problem to any developed community with concentrations of impervious surfaces. As communities in Kentucky and across the nation continue to expand, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has become ever more vigilant about addressing stormwater runoff issues. Currently, Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky and Winchester are under federal consent decrees imposed by the EPA, and fourteen other communities across Kentucky are under state consent decrees to enforce Clean Water Act requirements related to stormwater and wet weather sewage problems. These water quality enforcement actions will require the expenditure of very large sums of money to improve the inadequate state of existing stormwater infrastructure. The question for these communities must be whether to build tomorrow’s infrastructure using old designs that have failed to prevent problems, or to build new innovative systems that are more effective, more efficient, and that improve the quality of life in our communities.