A unique partnership is exploring the need and capacity for the private market to assist in the finance and construction of green infrastructure in Great Lakes cities.
Living in Michigan means water is everywhere; weekends at the lake, afternoon kayaking on a river or fishing with your best friend. After severe storms, it also means water in your backyard and flooding in the streets. Communities around the Great Lakes are increasingly concerned with impacts from extreme weather, which is expected to be more frequent due to climate change. Localized flooding can be exacerbated due to deteriorating infrastructure and system overflows. The stormwater flowing through our streets and running over sidewalks, sweep up debris and pollutants, in some areas, carrying it away to your favorite Great Lake. The same lake we seek out for recreation and depend upon as a resource.
Cities and municipalities burdened with costs related to stormwater management are looking toward innovative tools that encourage volume reduction and promote protection for our most precious resource, clean water. Implementing green infrastructure through the Great Lakes will provide a comprehensive approach to restoring the natural hydrology of the region. Cities can capitalize on private capital for this type of low impact development design that provides multiple benefits to communities.