GSI Planning

This project, funded by NOAA Coastal Storms, was facilitated through monthly meetings of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Task Force established by American Rivers, the City of Toledo, and the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission to advance the knowledge and use of GSI practices. The overall project objectives were to advance strategies for cost-effectively reducing stormwater run-off and to develop achievable county-wide goals for stormwater reduction.

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We selected commonplace sites to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure including a multi-family housing unit, a vacant residential property, and a medical office building

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We calculated anticipated changes to stormwater flow after GSI implementation at these sites using EPA’s Storm Water Management Model (SWMM). 

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County-wide goals for GSI planning were able to be established by scaling up the benefits from project sites to analogous sites in Lucas County.

We recently published our first paper from this work.  

Dietrich, A., Yarlagadda, R., and C. Gruden. July 2016. “Estimating the Potential Benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Developed Sites using Hydrologic Model Simulation,” Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. In Press. DOI: 10.1002/ep.


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