Keeping It Green: Stormwater Life Cycle Management

What You'll Learn

  • Understand innovative implementation methods for life cycle management of green and gray infrastructure.
  • How to expand municipal involvement in stormwater system improvements by breaking down silos among planners and engineers and by connecting all relevant processes.
  • Create tools for local job creation, worker skill improvement, enhanced economic revitalization, and community engagement.

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Sea level rise and the increased frequency of extreme weather events are motivating expanded capital investment in flood risk reduction, climate adaptation, and resiliency. Simultaneously, much of the existing stormwater infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life. This presents opportunities for planning and interdisciplinary collaboration between planning and utility departments.

Planners are increasingly applying life cycle resilience planning approaches to stormwater management through engagement with utility departments and other disciplines across the infrastructure life cycle. This approach achieves integration of design, implementation, operations, and maintenance and forges more effective and adaptive climate risk management approaches.

Life cycle resilience planning/asset maintenance can:

  • reduce risk and improve sustainability in environmental justice communities, which are often areas of disproportionate climate risk
  • provide opportunities for workforce development, ecological and social benefits, and integration of smart technologies

This course explores a life cycle approach toward resilience planning in the context of work under way in New Jersey's Meadowlands region under the Rebuild by Design program and the National Disaster Resilience program. Best practices connect green and gray stormwater capital investment planning with operations and maintenance strategies.