Low Impact Development Strategies for Environmental & Economic Sustainability
Achieve greater design flexibility through innovative stormwater solutions
Traditional wet ponds and other stormwater detention structures may satisfy the requirements for stormwater runoff quantity and quality, but can take up a large amount of space on a site, limiting development and programming opportunities. Incorporating green infrastructure such as bioretention areas, constructed wetlands, and landscaped swales can reduce or even eliminate the need for hard structures. These solutions can also become part of outdoor education and passive recreation areas.
Create memorable and inviting public places
Stormwater challenges are often opportunities. Through the collaboration of stormwater engineers, landscape architects, and planners, WithersRavenel activates unused or underutilized spaces by designing stormwater control measures (SCMs) as amenities rather than as strictly required structures. These water features become attractive places for visitors to gather, explore, and rest.
Promote a vibrant outdoor economy while protecting the environment
The benefit of stormwater solutions as amenities goes far beyond improved water quality alone—it increases the return on investment on land use, improves air quality, preserves or adds wildlife habitat, provides public educational opportunities, produces positive socioeconomic impacts, and provides long-term maintenance savings.