Raleigh Stormwater Receives WakeUP Wake County Leadership Award
On March 7, the City's Stormwater Management Division received the WakeUP Wake County 2017 Leadership Award for leading efforts in developing and implementing the City's Green Stormwater Infrastructure initiative. These efforts have made it easier for the development community to include GSI practices into land development. This will directly reduce environmental impacts to water quality and ensure the continued health of Raleigh's waterways.
The initiative was approved by Raleigh City Council in September 2017 with a text change to the City's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that incorporates the use of natural and constructed landscape features, like cisterns, permeable pavement, and green roofs, that capture, absorb, and store rainwater. Using these stormwater practices removes pollution and reduces impacts from the amount of stormwater runoff that otherwise would go directly into storm drains and local waterways. In addition to improving water quality, the initiative allows developers to make more efficient use of developed land area and meet landscaping and stormwater development requirements in the same practice.
The award was presented at WakeUP Wake County's annual meeting and community forum where several individuals and organizations were recognized for their work in advancing healthy, sustainable communities and planning well for Wake County's rapid growth.
Blair Hinkle, PE, Assistance Director for the Engineering Services Department, and Kevin Boyer, PE, Stormwater Quality Manager for the Stormwater Management Division accepted the award.