Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development

 

Stormwater can be a great resource. It is wasteful to water our landscapes with our diminishing drinking water resources, when we can collect stormwater using rain barrels or cisterns and use it on our landscapes. These are the types of practices promoted by Low Impact Development (LID). LID is an approach to land development that uses land planning, design, and construction techniques to conserve and protect natural resources- including water.

Examples of LID practices include, but are not limited to:

  • Vegetated swales, buffers and strips
  • Narrower streets without curb and gutters
  • Curb cutaways or median storage
  • End-of-island bioretention cells
  • Permeable pavers
  • Green roofs
  • Rain gardens and bioretention
  • Tree or natural areas preservation
  • Rain gardens, rain barrels or cisterns
  • In ground infiltration and storage
  • Green building programs such as Florida Water Star
 

Click HERE to view a presentation by Dr. Mark Clark (Extension Specialist) and Stephen Hofstetter (Senior Environmental Planner) on LID in Alachua County!