What is Low Impact Development (LID)?
Low Impact Development (LID) is a stormwater management approach that mimics nature’s hydrologic cycle by designing new development to slow down stormwater runoff (attenuation), increase groundwater recharge (infiltration), and reduce pollutant loads in stormwater runoff by filtering water through plants and soils (treatment). LID strategies include many techniques to reduce stormwater runoff from developed land, including:
native plant landscaping
LID Projects on the UC Berkeley Campus
The booklet, Reinventing Stormwater: A Tour of the UC Berkeley Campus, highlights innovative design features of LID water infrastructures on campus.
As of July 1, 2015, UC Berkeley is required to treat stormwater from new development and redevelopment using LID techniques.
Check out these CASQA guidelines on how to design and build stormwater treatment facilities.
There are many LID resources out there on the web. Here are just a few to get you started: