The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has published Incentives for Green Infrastructure Implementation on Private Property: Lessons Learned (#4684) to help utilities and municipalities evaluate adoption of GI on private lands, which typically constitute a large portion of impervious area in urban settings. In addition to the final report, WRF will host a free webcast on this project to present a comprehensive overview of the project objectives, results, utility case studies, and recommendations for utilities.

GI is a best management practice designed to retain, reduce, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff prior to entry into drainage systems. The benefit to both combined and separate storm sewer systems is reduced water quantity in conveyance systems, reduced peak flow, and improved water quality.

Many GI investments have focused on projects within the public right-of-way and on other publicly owned property. This report classified incentive programs for GI on private property into six program models and developed nine strategies to enhance program success.

Principal Investigator for this project was Janet Clements, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC. Learn more about WRF’s research on GI and stormwater here.