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Low Impact Design

Water quality is important to all of us.  Protecting our lakes, rivers, and streams is critical to preserving the natural character of our rural areas, and maintaining a high quality of life in our villages and cities.

Lately, we are seeing more innovative design techniques employed in Washtenaw County that serve to better protect our waters.  Low Impact Development, or LID, is a more environmentally friendly approach to land development and stormwater runoff management, which balances growth with environmental integrity.

Many examples of Low impact Design have been constructed here in Washtenaw County.  These Fact Sheets compile information about these practices in a format that I hope you will find convenient and useful.

Vegetated Swales Fact Sheet

Vegetated Swales Fact Sheet 

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Bioretention Islands Fact Sheet Bioretention Islands Fact Sheet 

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Native Landscaping Fact Sheet Native Landscaping Fact Sheet 

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Porous Pavement Fact Sheet Porous Pavement Fact Sheet 

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Engineered Systems Fact Sheet Engineered Systems Fact Sheet 

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Environmental Excellence Partnership Program

We are launching a new program to assist businesses and non-profit organizations in recognizing, developing and implementing environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction & recycling and pollution prevention. There are three opportunities for participation:

  1. Community Partners for Clean Streams
  2. Pollution Prevention
  3. Waste Knot

Participation in more than one program is welcome and encouraged! Learn more on our brand new E2P2 website.

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