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Madison to fund private stormwater projects as part of 'green infrastructure' study

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/madison-to-fund-private-stormwater-projects-as-part-of-green-infrastructure-study/article_d736d29c-7f03-5c19-a791-95175423edd0.html

In an effort to curb urban flooding, the city of Madison is offering residents of one West Side neighborhood up to $1,000 to install rain gardens, porous pavement and other features designed to keep water out of storm sewers.

Part of a “green infrastructure” pilot study focused on the area around Westmorland Park, the program is a response to urban flooding that followed big rainstorms in 2017 and 2018.

 

With such large rain events likely to become more frequent as the climate warms, the city council directed the engineering department to develop watershed models and plans for watersheds of greatest concern. The department was also asked to start a campaign to use green infrastructure to keep water out of the storm sewers, which are designed to move rainwater quickly into rivers and lakes.