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Green Infrastructure

The purpose of green infrastructure is to capture, clean, and store stormwater.

The streets and sidewalks of Southern California were designed and built in the 20th Century with the single purpose of moving water along quickly and directly to the ocean. What we have learned in the 21st Century is that we can design our streets and sidewalks to soak up the runoff through a more natural process.

Green infrastructure projects are defined as new designs for streets, sidewalks or other paved areas that, when replaced utilizing permeable materials and drought tolerant plants, will capture, clean and/or infiltrate rain water. Converting the City of LA's paved areas from gray to green will reap the following benefits:
  • Cleaner rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches
  • Recharged groundwater supplies
  • Increased vegetation cools communities
  • Designs beautify neighborhoods
Green LA box
Green Streets works to develop and implement new and sustainable solutions for managing storm water.More about GREEN STREETS
Rain barrel
Small scale residential projects attempt to improve a site's ability to infiltrate stormwater, conserve stormwater runoff for other onsite water demand uses, and reduce negative impacts downstream.More about RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS