Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country. With all that new development, stormwater is a big issue. The way forward for this growing city is green infrastructure.
They get a lot of rain--as much as Seattle, Washington, but it tends to come in bursts with sudden thunderstorms. And Charlotte lies on heavy clay soils, which slow water infiltration and are vulnerable to erosion. On top of that, their existing infrastructure is aging and rapidly falling apart.
A recent article in
magazine explains how going green is working for Charlotte.