GREENING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Stormwater runoff is one of the most serious water quality problems facing Long Island Sound. With each rainfall, water runs off roofs and pavement, causing flooding and sewage overflows and carrying pollutants to our rivers and Long Island Sound. One way to correct the problem is to implement Green Infrastructure (GI) techniques. It uses the known benefits of natural systems that provide pollution reduction through the use of soil and vegetation to trap, filter, and infiltrate stormwater.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Save the Sound's On-The-Ground GI Projects and New Web Site
Save the Sound is bringing together volunteers in the Quinnipiac River Watershed, Bridgeport and New Haven to clean our waters one neighborhood at a time. Using green infrastructure techniques like rain gardens, bioretention and bioswales, they are helping strengthen the natural systems that filter stormwater. If you want to do your part to keep the Sound clean, try building a rain garden or installing a rain barrel yourself!
Save the Sound and the University of Connecticut's Center for Land Use Education and Research's (CLEAR) Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program recently www.ReduceRunoff.org. It provides information on green infrastructure techniques, news about our current on-the-ground GI projects in Connecticut, and assistance to Connecticut homeowners and municipalities in reducing the harmful effects of stormwater runoff.
Green Infrastructure Workgroup
Green Infrastructure is a cutting edge solution that will help address Long Island Sound's water quality issues. To ensure that green infrastructure takes root here in Connecticut, we are facilitating a diverse group of stakeholders who advocate for funding and policies that promote green infrastructure techniques at the state and local level.
Creating a Clean Water Fund Incentive for Green Infrastructure
We are a part of working group led by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop a municipal green infrastructure policy that would financially support green infrastructure projects. Discussions have been positive and a potential policy is emerging along two pathways: a) the first is for a limited grant to add small green infrastructure projects to CSO separation projects, and; b) the second is fully fundable green infrastructure projects that are cost-effective alternatives to gray infrastructure.