Protecting and Restoring Coastal Waters with Low-impact Development
What is Low-impact Development?
Low-impact development (LID) is an economical and effective strategy for protecting and restoring coastal water quality by preventing polluting stormwater runoff. We at the federation work to make it easy to use anywhere.
LID prevents stormwater runoff from polluting waterways by mimicking a site’s natural surface water and groundwater hydrology. LID includes many decentralized stormwater design techniques that infiltrate, filter, store and evaporate runoff. Instead of directing stormwater to centralized ditches, pipes and ponds, LID maintains a landscape that captures and absorbs rain before it has a chance to become polluted runoff.
Since stormwater is the main reason many coastal creeks, rivers and sounds are polluted, the federation embraces LID as an essential stormwater management strategy and widely promotes its use.