Welcome to the West Coast LID Portal

The West Coast LID Portal is the home of the West Coast LID Partnership. It is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for our community, providing information on funding sources, incentive programs, training opportunities, and technical resources. This site will become a virtual gathering place, with blogs, community discussion boards, and details on upcoming events.

Latest Articles

Oregon’s Eco-Logical Business Program offers certification to environmentally friendly businesses. After a certification visit, participating shops receive a shop display package, press coverage...

Effects of Urban Development on Stream Ecosystems in Nine Metropolitan Study Areas Across the United States Urban development is an important agent of environmental change in the United States. The u...

The shallow depressions are surrounded by dirt berms and planted with climate-appropriate flowering plants. More than 185 of the gardens have been installed in northeast San Fernando Valley yards. Rea...

Caltrans is currently in the process of renewing its statewide NPDES permit. The new permit language emphasizes use of LID to reduce runoff volumes. BMPs that infiltrate, capture and use, or evapotran...

Saturday October 13, 2012 / 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ the Cal State Fullerton Garden Grove Center “This one-day class will provide an overview of the history and development of stormwate...

LID in the News

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News Deeply

LA River: Conflict Ahead as Water Capture, Restoration Plans Converge
News Deeply
A new report from the University of California, Los Angeles Grand Challenges program puts the conflict in stark terms: if all the currently envisaged stormwater capture and groundwater recharge projects go ahead, the L.A. river will be completely dried ...


City Council approves low impact development ordinance, southwest Edmonds subdivision
My Edmonds News
Meeting on a Monday evening to avoid a conflict with Election Day, the Edmonds City Council approved several items on its agenda, including an ordinance that promotes low impact development principles. In addition, the council watched a presentation ...

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KXRO Newsradio

WA Parks & Rec. Commission meeting in Westport next week
KXRO Newsradio
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will be meeting next week in Westport to look at the next 10 years of parks within the state. The meeting, according to the commission is “to establish guiding principles, assumptions and goals for ...


Washington Post

Cutting the DC stormwater fee would set back cleanup efforts
Washington Post
The solution of a set of tunnels coupled with low-impact development seemed to us to curtail the most pollution without overly burdening ratepayers. At the end of Mr. Kennedy's piece was actually one good suggestion: to call on the federal government ...


CityMetric

China's 'sponge cities' aim to re-use 70% of rainwater. Here's how they do it
CityMetric
The initiative is similar to the North American concept of low-impact development (LID), which according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mimics natural processes in order to protect water quality. The case of ... Innovative ...


Yale Environment 360

As Harvey's Floodwaters Recede, How Should Houston Rebuild?
Yale Environment 360
He has advised the city of Houston on low-impact development practices that help to mitigate flooding. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talked about southeast Texas' haphazard development boom, how communities should approach rebuilding ...


Co.Design (blog)

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water
Co.Design (blog)
This type of flood management strategy more closely mimics the natural water cycle–an approach called “low-impact development.” Also known as “green infrastructure,” it means designing systems that allow urban runoff to naturally infiltrate the soil ...


The Columbian

Clark County drafts plan to improve Whipple Creek water quality amid urban development
The Columbian
In compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase I Municipal stormwater permit, Clark County has to report to the Washington Department of Ecology what it would take for the creek to meet its designated uses, which includes ...


Sacramento State University

Innovative stormwater project nurtures the American River
Sacramento State University
The 24 LID (low-impact development) devices in seven campus locations collect and filter 2.9 million gallons of rainwater each year, greatly reducing the University's impact on the neighboring American River. Sediment and metal loads flowing into the ...


State Supreme Court upholds Washington stormwater rules
The Spokesman-Review
The new drainage code differs from the old one by requiring low-impact development whenever feasible. That means more rain gardens, stormwater vaults and permeable pavement for all new development in the county. The case stems from a 2013 decision ...

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