Methods and considerations for Green Stormwater Infrastructure requirements:
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is the implementation of constructed landscaping elements designed to divert stormwater runoff to softscape areas, encouraging groundwater infiltration. Despite trash management efforts, typical runoff from impervious surfaces carry with it pollutants of concern, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, through standard “gray” storm drain infrastructure into our waterways. Instead, GSI in both public and private projects allows for runoff filtration and groundwater replenishment.
As a result of mandates under the NPDES Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (MRP), local municipalities are required to commit to increasing their GSI development and implementation. This presentation is aimed to help industry professionals better understand GSI design and construction, as well as provide tools to navigate the requirements set by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The Alameda County Clean Water Program (ACCWP) is a partnership of municipalities and agencies committed to reducing the contamination of our creeks, wetlands, and the Bay. The Program, under Alameda County Public Works, facilitates local compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, coordinating water quality monitoring, grants for community-based projects, and providing technical guidance and resources for both professionals and the public.
Christine Chou, with the Engineering Division of the City of Newark Public Works, and other representatives will present GSI strategies on behalf of the ACCWP. it.