Green Infrastructure and Water Quality

Watershed planning and stormwater management help protect water quality for drinking water resources, recreation, and wildlife habitat. It can also help reduce runoff that contributes to flooding and erosion.

The Hudson Valley Regional Council is working with counties and other stakeholders on education, outreach, planning, technical assistance and training activities focusing on green infrastructure, water quality protection and restoration, and watershed planning and improvement strategies. This ongoing program includes a focus on working with coordinating committees at the county level and providing educational and technical support for municipalities and other stakeholders. This program is funded with a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, comprised of soil and water conservation districts in counties in the Hudson Valley region, is our partner organization for implementing some aspects of this program.

Green infrastructure for managing stormwater includes specific site practices such as vegetated swales, rain gardens and larger bioretention areas, trees, pervious pavement, rainwater harvesting and green roofs. On a larger scale, this term describes land use planning and design strategies that preserve and restore stream corridors and other natural areas and reduce impervious surfaces. Green infrastructure focuses on allowing water to percolate into the soil, where it recharges groundwater and is taken up by trees and other vegetation, thereby reducing runoff and providing better protection of water quality in streams and other waterbodies.

Contact us for more information about green infrastructure, including educational and technical resources, case studies in the region (including demonstration projects open to the public), and opportunities to participate in upcoming programs. Please visit this page for updates and announcements about upcoming workshops and other events.