Know Your H20, Low Impact Development
May 18 2011

LID in Action in San Francisco

by Rick Wilson

The City of San Francisco and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke ground last week on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project to transform a street block into one of the most sustainable streets in San Francisco. The pilot streetscape improvement project will replace significant areas of concrete with new landscaping and introduce stormwater planters and permeable pavers to allow rainwater to permeate into the ground,

These elements, combined with new planted corner bulb-outs and mid-block islands, will provide both stormwater management benefits as well as traffic calming on the street. Over twenty new trees will be planted to dramatically enhance the aesthetic character of the street while providing additional environmental benefits.

Read more in this article from Stormwater Magazine and on EPA's website.