Green Replacing Gray Infrastructure
Municipal officials in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are submitting a ‘green first’ plan to deal with the region’s stormwater management problems. They hope to enact a green infrastructure initiative, which includes planting trees and restoring the natural water cycle. Currently, Pittsburgh uses the gray infrastructure approach of channeling water into aging sewage systems.
The project’s aim is to smartly utilize stormwater as well as reduce flooding in nearby neighborhoods. The green infrastructure, according to Chief Development Officer Kevin Acklin, will not only cause fewer disruptions in neighborhoods and cost less in development than gray infrastructure, but it will also beautify the area.