The City of Fremont is developing a Green Infrastructure Plan to improve water quality and reduce impacts of increased stormwater flows created by the Bay Area’s growing urbanization. The plan will outline how the City will phase in additional green infrastructure facilities and projects over the next 20 years.
Green infrastructure uses specially-designed landscaped areas, pervious surfaces, and cisterns to manage stormwater in a natural and environmentally sustainable way. While older “gray infrastructure” approaches use concrete and metal structures to move stormwater quickly away from streets and other impervious surfaces, green infrastructure allows stormwater to infiltrate into native soils or filter through fast-draining engineered soils. These innovative designs slow runoff from urban and suburban environments to keep pollutants out of local creeks and the Bay. Examples of green infrastructure facilities are available on the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program website.
The City of Fremont’s green infrastructure planning process will include:
- Updating local planning documents to incorporate green infrastructure requirements
- Adopting guidelines, standard specifications, and typical designs for green infrastructure
- Identifying opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure in public and private development projects, including roadway improvements, storm drain infrastructure, and other public facilities
For more information about the City’s local green infrastructure planning process, please contact the Environmental Services Division by email or call 510-494-4570.