So what Exactly Is Green Infrastructure, And How Does It Serve So Many Purposes?
In a nutshell - consider it an alternative to conventional storm-sewer pipes, as green infrastructure helps to filter storm-water before it reaches our waterways. Green infrastructure is unique in its ability to collect, treat, and manage run-off from roofs, roads and other hardened surfaces, as run-off can carry with it many kinds of pollutants (trash, contaminates, etc.) before it influences nearby rivers and open water bodies. Green infrastructure such as, rain gardens and bioswales use plants found in the local ecosystem in conjunction with innovative engineering solutions to help capture and treat storm-water run-off before it enters our natural landscapes. Native flowers within these structures often attract pollinating insects like butterflies, and when strategically designed and implemented near libraries, and/ or in conjunction with walking paths, and educational signage, they become places of interest and learning opportunities within the community.
Green Street infrastructure is proposed to retrofit the current status of Marsh Street to help capture stormwater flooding along with showcasing green infrastructure to the town. Several stormwater planters will be implemented to capture and treat the street runoff drainage area (15,700 S.F.). Two rain gardens will also be implemented (820 S.F.) to capture and treat the library’s rooftop drainage area (660 S.F.) via HDPE pipes connected to the downspouts.