Midlothian Creek Workshop
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, green infrastructure planning is an approach that communities can choose to maintain healthy waters, provide multiple environmental benefits and support sustainable communities. Unlike single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure, which uses pipes to dispose of rainwater, green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides not only stormwater management, but also flood mitigation, air quality management, and much more.
Other topics discussed at the workshop included reducing flooding, saving infrastructure costs, economic development, beautification, trails, open space and more.
The Midlothian Creek Green Infrastructure Plan is a Millennium Reserve conservation project. Here, Chicago Wilderness’ Sustainable Watershed Action Team (SWAT) of Weaver Boos Consultants, SSMMA GIS Atlas, the Field Museum, and IDNR all work together to identify green infrastructure elements within the Midlothian Creek watershed, a tributary to the Little Calumet River.