New directions in low impact development: implications for urban redevelopment
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Low Impact Development (LID) LID offers many innovative solutions to both dry and wet weather stormwater flow management, but this approach also presents many challenges for the development of implementation and sustainable management strategies in urban areas. This paper will highlight the research and planning strategies that the Center has found in its work on integrating planning, and implementation of Low Impact Development into watershed planning, design, and construction through various federal and local grants and projects. The new objectives and opportunities for the retrofit of urban areas are requiring stormwater planners and engineers to gain a much broader understanding of the implications and opportunities of using LID in the urban environment. The paper will focus how LID can be used to accomplish both community redevelopment and water quality objectives. The Center has found that LID not only offers many advantages over conventional centralized water resource protection strategies, but also presents many new opportunities for community and economic development.