Going Wild: The Conservation Cobenefits of Green Infrastructure
Impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roofs, streets, and parking lots are ubiquitous throughout the built environment. Stormwater runoff originating from these surfaces is a significant source of water pollution, and the impact of that pollution creates repercussions that ripple beyond the human sphere. Wildlife that depend on clean, abundant water resources—including species that are of recreational and economic value—cannot thrive in contaminated water bodies. Green infrastructure offers tools that can manage stormwater runoff, improve water quality for wildlife, restore wildlife habitat to the built environment, and invite beneficial species such as pollinating insects, birds, and fish back to the places we live. In this webcast, Mark Grey with the Seattle’s Clean Lake Union and Rebecca Masterman with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad will discuss how green infrastructure practices can restore wildlife habitat to the urban landscape and improve water quality for both humans and wildlife alike.