Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows

By Noah Garrison, Karen Hobbs, Anna Berzins, Emily Clifton, Larry Levine, and Rebecca Hammer

New York, NY (November 16, 2011)- This research, sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions. The goals are to address stormwater challenges while simultaneously finding beneficial uses for stormwater, reducing pollution, saving money, and beautifying cityscapes. These cities have recognized that stormwater, once viewed as a costly nuisance, can be transformed into a community resource.

These cities have determined that green infrastructure is a more cost effective approach than investing in gray, or conventional, infrastructure, such as underground storage systems and pipes. At the same time, each dollar of investment in green infrastructure delivers other benefits that conventional infrastructure cannot, including more flood resilience and, where needed, augmented local water supply.

Related Resource:
Natural Resources Defense Council: Rooftops to Rivers II, Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows