Launched in October 2013, the first projects of Chicago’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy were recently announced and the public report released (see pdf here). In summary, the strategy here is to expand green infrastructure through an investment of $50 million over 5 years and plan for more in future through long-range analysis, reducing basement flooding, protecting water quality, and improving Chicago’s resilience.
As part of Chicago’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, which is one of the largest voluntary investments in this type of infrastructure by an American City, Chicago’s Department of Water Management (DWM) has worked with City agencies to identify opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure into existing and ongoing capital projects. For 2014, DWM has identified 39 such projects, which include four schoolyard projects, five complete streets projects and 30 traffic calming projects.
In sum, these 39 projects will receive $6.1 million in funding from DWM and will leverage nearly $18 million in additional funding from Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) and other partners.