Streamline - Spring 2013 - (Page 13)

Stormwater Management BY NANCY CARR, SOURCE WATER PROTECTION SPECIALIST Green Economics, Lynchburg’s Example and Some Resources forth by several of our member towns, which are reluctant to embrace green practices to manage stormwater, is that green is not economically practical. Sure it’s a great idea, but how do you get citizens to put in rain gardens en masse? How do you convince a developer to put in grassy swales and pervious pavement? Isn’t it just easier and more practical to dig out a huge retention pond and capture the final load of runoff at the bottom of its path, than to put in a series of small “green” barriers where the runoff volume is still small? AN ARGUMENT PUT The following excerpt from the journal Stormwater gives insight to the economical benefits of managing stormwater with a green approach. Green Infrastructure Makes Sen$e in the Twin Cities BY MARGARET BURANEN, JAN./ FEB. 2013 that the cost of BMP [Best Management Practices] installation in commercial and retail areas is no more expensive or difficult than other locations,” says Aichinger. “The only concern from our perspective is the issue of retrofit installations versus new construction.” “WE HAVE SHOWN Aichinger says that for new construction, “Green infrastructure can be quite economical as compared to conventional stormwater management BMPs that can consume more land area. Green infrastructure can reduce other stormwater conveyance and storage costs. With the added benefit of providing improved aesthetics and water conservation, some argue that the costs can be less over the long term.” “I believe that the case for green infrastructure is so economically compelling that it should always be considered,” says MacDonagh. As for clients’ choices, MacDonagh notes, “If the green infrastructure cost is within 15 percent plus or minus of the grey infrastructure capital costs, the green infrastructure will usually win.” www.vrwa.org 13 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
What If?
Stormwater Management
Soapbox Farewell
Water and Wastewater Certifi cation Exam Test Taking Tips
Past 25 Years of VRWA
Proactive vs. Reactive
Asset Management and Drought Management
Is the Tank Contaminating the Water?
Committed to the Future of Rural Communities
Standard Operating Procedure For Leak Detection Using the Pressure Hold Method
The Virginia RATES Program is at Your Service
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Employee Introductions
VRWA 25th Annual Exposition Agenda
Wastewater Math
eLearning Benefits
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
Membership Application
Throwing My Loop
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index To Advertisers/Ad.com

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