Green Infrastructure



Green infrastructure captures, absorbs or stores rain and melting snow, taking on numerous shapes and sizes from 55-gallon rain barrels to trees and porous pavers for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. You can see green roofs on buildings or bioswales along city streets.

By managing water where it falls with green infrastructure, we can:

  • Help protect rivers and lakes from water pollution.
  • Keep it from becoming someone else's headache downstream.
  • Reduce the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.

One Inch of Rain on MMSD's Service Area = 7.1 Billion Gallons of Water

Manage Water Where it Falls

We have an aggressive goal and we need your help! It's to create enough green infrastructure in our region to capture hundreds of millions of gallons of water every time it rains. Why? To reduce water pollution and improve our rivers and Lake Michigan. Help us reach our goal and become a Fresh Coast Guardian.

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Green Infrastructure Strategies