It’s Not Just About Water
Many agencies, especially water and waste authorities, understand green infrastructure as a means to control stormwater and combined sewer overflow. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers specific guidance on how to integrate green infrastructure into municipal plans and compliance orders.
However, the benefits of urban forestry and green infrastructure reach far beyond watershed health, and can advance the mission of a whole roster of agencies, including education, public health, community economic development, emergency management, energy conservation, and even crime prevention.
It is important to make these agencies part of your planning team from the start. Once they understand how their programs benefit from urban forestry and green infrastructure, encourage them to incorporate these concepts into their own programs, set complementary objectives, and commit to action that supports your overall plan.