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Why use Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) designs?

Stantec’s Jennifer Young and Dr. Bill Hunt describe how the MOECC is going to require LID and GI designs and why you should care

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<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody><tr><td width="514" valign="top"><p>Jennifer Young, LID Specialist and Senior How to green Resources Engineer, Stantec</p> <p>the ministry of environment and climate change is creating new requirements for LID. So it will be required on every single development project moving forward starting late this year or early next year.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="514" valign="top"><p>Dr. Bill Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., North Carolina State University</p> <p>If you do LID right, you can take a street and beautify it, and then increase the value of properties along that street, or increase the value of the entire neighborhood.</p> <p>if we were to keep doing things the old way, one of the major problems that, um, the, the old form of stormwater treatment, which is pipe it to a point, put it in a pond and discharge it, is, one, you-you lose land that way. You lose property.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="514" valign="top"><p>Jennifer Young, LID Specialist and Senior How to green Resources Engineer, Stantec</p> <p>Also it is much easier to control rain at the source. It offers opportunities to downsize your infrastructure. And it's also, um, very attractive to buyers, ah, and developers are finding that LID infrastructure helps them sell lots.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="514" valign="top"><p>Dr. Bill Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., North Carolina State University</p> <p>LID lets you treat runoff on a roof. LID lets you beautify a wall of a building by treating runoff on it. And that's pretty powerful stuff. It ta-, it allows you to take a park and take recreation areas and dovetail stormwater treatment with them. Uh, LID is a tool for the creative.</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table>

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