TGDA part of award-winning team for MWRD’s Green Infrastructure Plan

May 9, 2017

The MWRD pilot stormwater management project was awarded the Innovation Project of the Year by the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) 2017. The team was led by Geosyntec Consultants, who modeled a 17 square-mile area in the Calumet Region in order to evaluate the impact of green infrastructure (GI) techniques.

According to the MWRD Press Release , “The study objectives were to evaluate how best to scale up green infrastructure within the ultra-urban landscape of Chicago to eliminate basement backups and alleviate street flooding…. Currently, stormwater is primarily conveyed through pipes, referred to as gray infrastructure because of the concrete that is typically used to construct the pipes. GI, on the other hand, mimics the natural environment by handling precipitation where it falls by detaining and infiltrating runoff through rain gardens, permeable pavement, cisterns and other practices.”

TGDA produced the graphical exhibits used to support the findings of the modelling effort and to communicate the benefits of green infrastructure. We are excited to be at the forefront of understanding these strategies and opportunities to utilize the skills required to implement them in the future.

Fact Sheets and a project website can be viewed mychicagogreen.org