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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a series of technical assistance projects focused on building green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall and flooding.
The projects are intended to address significant technical, regulatory and institutional barriers to using green infrastructure, and to build community capacity by sharing what has been learned.
A recently released report in the series Using Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Flooding in La Crosse, WI demonstrates the potential for “green streets” to significantly reduce local flooding and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Neighborhoods in the City of La Crosse that are prone to flooding during heavy rainfall were retrofitted with porous pavement and street-side rain gardens to infiltrate runoff and reduce flooding.
To learn more about how green infrastructure can contribute to the sustainability of your community see: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/