With the conclusion of the first round of funding for the Green Plan Bay Area project http://www.sfestuary.org/our-projects/water-quality-improvement/greenplanning/, SFEI produced GreenPlan-IT in collaboration with SFEP, a technical advisory committee, pilot partners, and BASMAA. GreenPlan-IT is an innovative planning tool to help municipalities evaluate multiple management alternatives for green infrastructure in the urban landscape. Already, the cities of San Mateo and San Jose have successfully used the toolkit's geospatial and modeling capabilities to develop quantitatively-derived watershed master plans to guide future GI implementation for improving water quality in the San Francisco Bay and its tributary watersheds.
Now, SFEI's work is expanding under a new round of funding from US EPA. The Water Quality Improvement Fund will expand the tool's use to additional municipalities throughout the Bay Area, provide opportunities for enhancement to the three existing modules, and develop new capabilities served by the Tracker Tool, which will help manage information about Green Infrastructure in the landscape.
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Green infrastructure (GI), such as permeable pavement, rain gardens, tree-well planters, or bioswales, can be used as cost-effective, resilient approaches to managing stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits for your community. GreenPlan-IT is a versatile open-source toolset that helps aid municipalities with their efforts to plan and evaluate the placement of green infrastructure in the landscape and track the effectiveness of these installations in reducing stormwater run-off, PCB, and mercury in receiving waters.
SFEI tracks contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), building the knowledge necessary to prevent tomorrow’s pollution problems. SFEI also aids pollution prevention efforts through our Green Chemistry focus area. Recent local and state developments on CECs and green chemistry include:
SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - In the last few days, many Bay Area storm sewers got their biggest flush out, spewing all kinds of nasty materials out into the Bay.Most Bay Area cities have two sewer systems, one for human waste, the other for storm runoff.
In runoff systems anything that goes into the sewer or is already in it ultimately goes into the Bay. Then huge storms come along, which can dislodge toxics, some of which are stuck in sewers for decades.