Simple efforts such as installing a rain barrel or planting a rain garden can help protect everything we love about Lake Michigan and other local waterways.
Please note, beginning on Monday, March 26, 2018 the Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence will have new hours of operation. We will now be open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM - 4 PM, and Fridays by appointment only.
It captures, absorbs and stores rain and melting snow, taking on numerous shapes and sizes from 55-gallon rain barrels to trees and porous pavers for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. Green roofs can top buildings and bioswales can line city streets.
• Helps protect rivers and lakes from water pollution.
• Keeps stormwater from becoming someone else's headache downstream.
• Reduces the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.
We have an aggressive goal and we need your help! It's to create, by the year 2035, enough green infrastructure in our region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains. Why? To reduce water pollution and improve our rivers and Lake Michigan. Yes, 740 million gallons is huge, but consider this:
One Inch of Rain on MMSD's Service Area = 7.1 Billion Gallons of Water.
collect rain for later
beauty & rain collection
create a healthy habitat
hold more water
create deeper roots
lower your utility bills
rain soaks into the ground
catch dirty road runoff
manage flooding upstream