What Green Infrastructure Does For Water Quality in Marin
The terms Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) are approaches to water management that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle in the urban environment. Simply put, the goal is to divert stormwater into natural areas where the water can be filtered and infiltrate rather than run directly into storm drains and carrying pollutants into our creeks. These approaches can be as small as catching roof runoff from a downspout and diverting to rain barrels or a rain garden in your yard or as large as green streets projects and whole parking lots draining to an underground cistern or bioretention areas in the parking islands.
The projects shown below are a portfolio highlighting various types of Green Infrastructure implemented throughout Marin County. Additional potential future projects are listed in Appendix E of the Marin County Stormwater Resource Plan.