|Green Infrastructure Definition:
A stormwater management approach that utilizes natural landscape features and hydrologic processes to treat stormwater by infiltrating, evapotranspiring, and/or reusing runoff. Green infrastructure also achieves other environmental goals such as carbon sequestration, reductions in urban heat island effect, improved air quality,
improved wildlife habitat and increased opportunities for outdoor recreation.
It is estimated that the project reduces stormwater runoff by more than 50% and removes 80 pounds of phosphorus and 40,000 pounds of sediment annually. Wow!
All projects were inspected during construction to ensure proper installation, and temporary erosion and sediment controls were maintained to prevent polluted runoff flowing to the newly constructed BMPs and the Mississippi River. CRWD has installed monitoring equipment to assess the performance of these projects and data collection from the sites began in .
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The total cost of the project is approx. $5,000,000 and is covered by a variety of funding sources including a State Clean Water Fund Grant of $665,000 and cash and in-kind contributions from CRWD, Metropolitan Council, and the City of Saint Paul.