What is green infrastructure and why is it important?
Polluted stormwater runoff is a significant contributor of sediment and nutrient pollution to the James River. This problem often arises in urban and suburban areas when impervious surfaces, such as streets, roofs and parking lots, do not allow stormwater to absorb into the ground. The stormwater instead runs off into our waterways, picking up pollutants in the process. In order to solve this issue we need to slow stormwater down and give the water a place to go – this is where green infrastructure comes in.
JRA works with localities throughout the watershed to reduce pollution at its source by planting trees, installing rain gardens and habitat gardens, and creating walkable watersheds. These projects manage stormwater, conserve and restore ecosystems, and improve the quality of life for residents. To date, we’ve worked with 4 communities across the watershed. Check out the Walkable Watershed Plans for each:
- Bellemeade, Richmond VA – Bellemeade Walkable Watershed Plan
- Lakemont, Petersburg VA – Final Petersburg WW Plan
- Fairview Heights, Lynchburg VA – Final Lynchburg WW Plan
- Pollocks Branch, Charlottesville VA – Final Charlottesville WW Plan
Greening Richmond Public Libraries
In Richmond, we work with RVAH2O on a variety of projects that incorporate green infrastructure in our River City. Current projects include a partnership with Richmond Public Libraries to incorporate bioretention and native plants and select branch locations.
The James River Association is soliciting bids for projects at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library. Get involved in this project!
What Can You DO?
- Help solve a stormwater problem in your yard or neighborhood. Check out these River Friendly Practices and Become a River Hero Home!
- Start a Walkable Watershed in your community. Our Walkable Watershed: A Guide to Community-based Watershed Planning will guide you through the process.
- Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District about getting cost assistance through their Virginia Conservation Assistance Program.