Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Rain gardens along a residential street

What is Green Infrastructure?

According to the U.S. EPA:

Green Infrastructure is an array of products, technologies, and practices that use natural systems – or engineered systems that mimic natural processes – to enhance overall environmental quality and provide utility services.  

Green Infrastructure uses soils and vegetation to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, and recycle stormwater runoff.

Bio-filterRain Barrel

Photo source (top to bottom):   City of Aurora, Public Works Division;  Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District web page (http://www.kanedupageswcd.org/pdfs/Sales/RainBarrelbrochure7-09.pdf );  City of Aurora, Public Works Division.