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Addressing Urban Runoff and Water Supply Through Low Impact Development

Haan Fawn Chau, City of Los Angeles


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Stormwater pollution, water shortages, flood control, climate change and the availability of natural green space have all become pressing environmental issues for cities around the nation, including the City of Los Angeles. Fortunately, new strategies for runoff management using low impact development and green infrastructure offer promising solutions to many of these concerns. Low impact development (LID) is an approach to stormwater management that emphasizes the use of smallscale, natural drainage features integrated throughout the city to slow, clean, infiltrate and capture urban runoff and precipitation, thus reducing water pollution, replenishing local aquifers and increasing water reuse.

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