As 2015 comes to a close, we’re celebrating another great year of community members, regional partners and our own DPU team working to improve local water quality through various efforts, including green infrastructure projects.
Installing systems like green alleys and roofs and rain gardens not only ensures our natural water cycle is being protected and enhanced – it can also lead to cost savings for businesses and city residents through DPU’s stormwater credits. Plus, many of those who implement these kinds of solutions also see reductions in energy-related expenses like power and water.
It’s inspiring to see so many organizations – from local banks to neighborhood churches – take on green projects like modifying their parking lots with pervious paving, which greatly reduces stormwater runoff. With the help of our partners, DPU has completed similar paving enhancements in six alleys in the City, and six more are planned for 2016. Read more about our green infrastructure efforts at www.rvah2o.org/green-infrastructure.
In 2016, RVAH2O Community Currents will be reporting on what YOU are doing to make Richmond greener. Please submit your ideas or questions to us at http://www.rvah2o.org/contact/ and check out future issues to find out what lies ahead as we all work toward cleaner water faster!