Alternative Stormwater Management Practices for Residential Projects
"Urban forestry refers to post-development planting or pre-development preservation of trees, shrubs and other ground covers in an urban context. This lot-level BMP is a functional and attractive supplement to residential lawns and has positive implications for property values particularly once trees and shrubs mature." This site discusses the effectiveness of trees in residential settings for stormwater management. This web site of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is the Government of Canada's national housing agency. Studies have been conducted that look at the impact of natural forests on hydrology. These studies demonstrate that urban forests can: + help reduce the quantity of stormwater flows; and + help improve the quality of stormwater runoff. In addition, urban forests convey a number of environmental benefits through air pollutant uptake and greenhouse gas reduction functions. These functions will make urban forestry an increasingly valuable BMP from an environmental and economic perspective.
Best Management Practices (BMPs), Hydrology, Stormwater Management