Green infrastructure — also known as rainscaping — uses vegetation, soils and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. The aim is to reduce the impact of built areas and to promote the natural movement of water within an ecosystem or watershed. Rainscaping techniques can be implemented at the neighborhood, city, or county level.
Examples of green infrastructure in the St. Louis region include the South Grand Great Streets project.
Green Infrastructure Toolbox
The green infrastructure toolbox is an online collection of resources and information on rainscaping and Low Impact Development (LID) approaches and techniques. East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ (EWG) Water Resources Committee along with staff from EWG, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Department of Conservation assembled the toolbox. Its contents are categorized and listed below.