The City-Wide Green Infrastructure Master Plan was completed in collaboration with Fuss & O'neil using funding through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program. The purpose of the plan is to identify opportunities to address stormwater-driven flooding hazards and improve water quality through the use of nature-based, green infrastructure practices. This nature-based approach looks at "end of the pipe" problems such as nutrient-impaired waters and known problem areas at stormwater outfalls and seeks to create long-term solutions by providing improved stormwater management in the corresponding upgradient drainage areas.
Green infrastructure is an alternative approach to traditional stormwater management that encourages the infiltration of stormwater into the ground close to where precipitation falls, similar to what naturally occurs in undeveloped areas. These practices restore natural groundwater recharge and filtration processes while reducing downstream flooding. Green infrastructure provides additional benefits including; proving habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, reducing the urban heat island effect, and creates a visually pleasing landscape.