RECOGNIZING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GREEN INFRASTRUCUTRE PRACTICES AND PRACTICAL, COST EFFECTIVE FLOOD CONTROL SOLUTIONS
In the past, storm water management was considered by many to be the design and implementation of flood control facilities such as detention ponds and piping networks with the primary objective of containing storm events and conveying storm water away from urban areas as rapidly as possible without causing downstream flooding. With the increasing amount of urban development occurring in our communities today, the scope and expectations of storm water management have greatly expanded to include green infrastructure applications for the purpose of reducing pollution in our waterways. When handled correctly, storm water is now viewed as a valuable resource to our communities that can increase quality of life in several ways including recharging water supplies, providing wildlife habitats and beautifying parks and neighborhoods. Gilpin Engineering Company understands the relationship between flood control and green infrastructure and our engineers have the know-how and expertise to apply practical, cost-effective solutions that accomplish flood control and implement green infrastructure elements.