What is LID & GI?
Green Infrastructure (GI)includes both natural features such as forests and wetlands as well as engineered landscapes that mimic these natural processes like a rain garden.
Low Impact Development (LID)works to preserve the natural landscape and minimize impervious surfaces to keep stormwater close to the source and use it as a resource rather than a waste product.
Together, LID and GI not only manage stormwater and improve ground water supplies, but also offer many free ecosystem services including cleaner air and water, flood control, shade and energy savings, recreational opportunities, and enhanced property values and quality of life. Preserving our existing GI is our first line of defense against climate impacts such as increased storm frequency and intensities as well as achieving long-term cost savings.