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Healing fractured water: How the Great Lakes Region's roadways impact our waterways

Dec 01, 2015

In much of the Great Lakes region, we drive to get where we are going. And with tens of thousands of lane-miles of roadway across the basin, in both urban areas and rural areas, the impact of all of that hard surface on our waterways adds up.

The Greater Lakes project, managed by the Great Lakes Commission and funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, is striving to seize that opportunity. It's doing so by helping local government agencies and watershed managers meet the challenge of dealing with stormwater runoff by thinking of it in a new way. They're encouraging municipalities and citizens to see stormwater runoff not just as a problem to be dealt with, but as a resource that can be better utilized to benefit the Great Lakes ecosystem.

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Green infrastructure can take road runoff and slow it down, cleaning and cooling it before it reaches a local waterway.

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