By storing and draining water into the ground naturally, Greenseams helps prevent future flooding while supporting and protecting MMSD's structural flood management projects - infrastructure investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Greenseams is an innovative flood management program that permanently protects key lands containing water absorbing soils.
The program makes voluntary purchases of undeveloped, privately owned properties in areas expected to have major growth in the next 20 years and open space along streams, shorelines and wetlands.
MMSD hired The Conservation Fund (TCF) to run Greenseams . TCF is a national non-profit conservation organization that forges partnerships to protect America's legacy of land and water resources. TCF performs high volume real estate transactions for local land trusts and government agencies throughout the country.
All land acquired will remain undeveloped, protecting water and providing the ability to store rain and melting snow. Wetlands maintenance and restoration at these sites will provide further water storage.
Greenseams also preserves wildlife habitat and creates recreational opportunities for people living in the region. Where applicable, the properties can be used for hiking, bird watching, and other passive recreation.
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