Low-Impact Development in a Post-Harvey World

Low-Impact Development in a Post-Harvey World

October 30, 2018

Low-Impact Development (LID), a landscape-based infrastructure design strategy, typically focuses on water quality management, although the storm water management benefits can be significant if the right strategies are applied and maintained. As LID gains prevalence, it plays an increasing role in resilient design—particularly in the wake of extreme natural events such as Hurricane Harvey.

In this MooreWISE brief, Christina Hughes outlines the floodplain benefits of resilient design.

"The driving concept behind LID is maintaining the pre-development hydrology of a site through a combination of conserved pervious areas, distributed detention/retention, and engineered landscape/soil. In the context of urban development, LID mitigates the impacts of impervious surfaces, restoring pre-development runoff rates."

Read Moore.