Metro Detroit leveraging NBS for flood prevention in the face of a changing climate
Metro Detroit is working on a variety of nature-based solutions to mitigate the risks of flooding, which is on the rise due to climate change and - like most urban areas - the high prevalence of impervious surfaces. Some of the work underway includes:
- conservation of existing natural areas, including urban forests and wetlands
- inventory and analysis of existing wetlands, including their ecological health and absorptive capacity
- low-impact development for bioinfiltration (improving both water quality and managing excess flow), including bioswales and rain gardens
- removing one of the largest parking lots in the area and replacing it with a constructed wetland, native trees, and vegetated parking stalls
- using grey infrastructure to redirect water towards forests and wetlands that can absorb more of it in storm events
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