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File #: 12-0592    Version: 1 Name: 061812 - Environmental Commission Green Streets Policy
Type: Report or Communication Status: Filed
File created: 3/22/2012 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/18/2012 Final action: 6/18/2012
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Environmental Commission Resolution in Support of Green Streets Policy
Environmental Commission Resolution in Support of Green Streets Policy
For the past two years the City of Ann Arbor’s Water Committee, a committee of the Environmental Commission, has been discussing the City’s water resources improvements, practices, and policies. The Water Committee decided to focus its efforts on improving stormwater management within the City’s street system. To make sure it’s goals are both attainable and desirable in the community, the Water Committee recently held a series of “Green Streets” focus group meetings to discuss the past, present, and future of stormwater practices within the City’s road right-of-ways.

The terms Green Streets or Green Infrastructure are adaptable terms used to describe an array of products, technologies, and practices that use natural systems - or engineered systems that mimic natural processes - to enhance overall environmental quality and provide utility services. Green Streets usually treat and/or infiltrate storm water which improves water quality and reduces the volume and rate at which stormwater leaves the street.

As a result of the discussions at the Green Street focus group meetings the Environmental Commission Water Committee encourages the City to consider policy changes that would make “Green Streets” the new standard for street design.
Approved by: Environmental Commission on March 22, 2012
Members: Briere, German, Graham, Hohnke, Loch-Caruso, Stead, and Strassberg
Whereas, Impervious surfaces are major contributors to stormwater runoff pollution and volume;

Whereas, Pollutant load is significant in stormwater, especially in the first flush (first ½” of rain during any rain event);

Whereas, In Ann Arbor, the City right-of-way includes 2.9 square miles of impervious area, which represents 25.9% of the total impervious area within the City. Since road surfaces are directly connected to the stormwater management system, it is estimated that 50% of all storm...

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