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Low Impact Development is a form of urban design that integrates urban planning with the protection and conservation of the water cycle. The objectives of this approach include:
  • protecting natural systems (creeks, rivers and wetlands) through proper land use planning,
  • adopting innovative stormwater management to reduce run-off and peak flows,
  • protecting water quality through adequate treatment and source protection,
  • protecting water availability by reducing potable water demand (capturing stormwater and reusing, for example, for garden irrigation and/or laundry), and
  • adding value while minimizing development costs (minimizing the cost of drainage infrastructure development).

There are various designs including:

  • Green roofs
  • Rainwater capture & re-use
  • Conservation landscaping
  • Bio retention, rain gardens
  • End-of-pipe enhancements

Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) is a new partnership and they offer a variety of services to improve stormwater runoff.

Last updated: 1/3/2012 1:26:07 PM