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Green Infrastructure:
Real World Costs and Benefits

As part of a series of initiatives to establish facts about the efficiency of green infrastructure, TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin has built an interface where Stormwater Infrastructure (SWIF) project managers can enter raw data about their projects. The goal of the project is to establish real-world costs of construction and maintenance of these types of stormwater treatment projects.

Gerwin says, “What’s nice about this interface is that since it’s web-based, users can link to the form on their handheld devices (if they have a data plan or internet connection) and fill it out in the field when they’re doing maintenance or inspections.” So far she has collected data on nine SWIF projects. She hopes to collect data about green infrastructure across Lucas and Wood counties.

The forms ask questions about amount of area drained and the costs to construct and maintain the project. Gerwin hopes to create a field-proven guide that will help SWIF project managers make practical choices. Anyone responsible for a green infrastructure project is invited to participate. Contact Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155
ext. 103 to get a project number and to get started.

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