This week DC Water will announce the winners of our Green Infrastructure Challenge. We will award $1 million for the design and construction of projects to capture rain before it makes its way into the sewer or stormwater system. The concepts are really innovative and creative, yet also practical enough to be built.
This is our first competition of this sort, but as Leslie Middleton reported in the Bay Journal last week, we’re not the only ones taking this approach to try and improve the health of our waterways. We agree that we need to seriously investigate and implement new strategies to improve water quality as the past practice of ratcheting down discharge levels at treatment facilities have become fantastically expensive for small marginal improvements.
I encourage you to read her article No matter who gets a local LID prize, the Bay comes out a winner and also to watch Potomac – The River Runs Through Us, a recent documentary that I think highlights the need for new solutions – like green infrastructure – to solve the water quality problems of the future.