Why Use LID for Stormwater Management?
LID (Low Impact Development) approaches the process of stormwater management creatively as its main goal is to pattern itself after Mother Nature herself.
It begins by mimicking the way the site was before development began, treating the stormwater as something to be managed rather than disposed of.
Instead of using drainage areas and expensive piping systems, landscaping is used to manage excess water, just as nature previously did. Its versatility lies in the fact that it can be accomplished through the use of duel purposing landscape areas such as planting areas that double as mini rain gardens.
LID is Cost Effective
Like everything else, each site and its associated needs are unique, as will their costs be. Their project and its costs will be determined by:
- Condition and type of soil
- Native vegetation
- Available land
In my experience, LID projects cost less to build and have a greater yield than do conventional stormwater systems.
Savings are achieved by reductions
Studies have shown that the cost of site developments, maintenance and fees for projects using LID strategies and techniques, have been lowered by approximately 25-30%. These lower costs have been attributed to a reduction in the need for:
- Clearing and grading
- Curbs and paving
- Fewer pipes
- Space, not being used for drainage ponds, is now available for development
- The stormwater management of LID doubles as landscaping
- The project is sustainable and easily repairable (no broken or clogged drainage systems)
LID is not just for new developments, but can be used equally effective on urban retrofitting and redevelopment projects.
If you’re a builder or land developer, call Merle at Land Technologies for the latest in Low Impact Development Strategies