March 12, 2012

On Wednesday, March 7th, Governor Shumlin signed a Green Infrastructure Executive Order, establishing an Interagency Green Infrastructure Council. Green infrastructure practices, such as bio-retention areas or rain gardens, porous pavement and green roofs, are designed to work in concert to reduce stormwater runoff volume and increase infiltration in developed areas, thereby restoring and maintaining the natural hydrologic regime.

The Interagency Green Infrastructure Council includes the Secretaries of Natural Resources, Transportation and Commerce, and the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services or their designees. It is charged with supporting the research, development, funding, integration and monitoring of green infrastructure projects throughout the state.

For the last two years Lake Champlain Sea Grant has been a participant in the Green Infrastructure Roundtable, whose members encouraged the council's formation and drafted the Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan, which will guide education and implementation efforts.

For more information, contact Laura Killian, LCSG Land Use Planning and Water Quality Educator.