General Information – Vermont Specific
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Green Infrastructure 2016 Annual Reports
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a complimentary and sometimes alternative systems to traditional or "gray infrastructure" to manage runoff from developed lands. Traditionally, stormwater runoff has been collected and conveyed in closed systems to off-site locations where it is then discharged, without treatment on surface waters.
Low Impact Development (LID) is defined as “an innovative land planning and design approach which seeks to maintain a site’s pre-development ecological and hydrological function through the protection, enhancement, or mimicry of natural processes.” There are many reasons to use LID, but stormwater management is a primary one.
The Green Infrastructure Collaborative (GIC) is a partnership between the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program (LCSG) at UVM and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The Collaborative will promote Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) practices in Vermont watersheds to manage stormwater runoff from developed lands.
The Geological Survey focused on collecting water well temperature data as an indicator of temperature gradients, radionuclide chemistry as a potential natural augmentation to heat production, thermal conductivity measurements which impact heat flow, and structural data particularly rock anisotropy and fracture data. Thermal conductivity and geochemical data for 40 rock samples plus 17 water well temperature records were uploaded to the National Geothermal Data System for easy access.
Green Infrastructure describes a set of practices and design principles that uses natural processes to manage the effects of urbanization on water. The Stormwater Management Program is currently working on an update to the Vermont Stormwater Management Manual that will incorporate more green infrastructure practices into the management standards for projects that require a state issued stormwater permit.