Archives for September 2018

We are Creating a Green Streets Plan

Purpose:  To better implement the Green Streets Policy, FMATS will identify and prioritize which streets within the urbanized area are in greatest need of green infrastructure for the management of storm water runoff, including specific design recommendations for each of those streets. Research of best management practices in a sub-arctic environment will also be included in the report.

 Objective:  Green Streets reflect the transportation policy and design approach that minimizes environmental impact by focusing on efforts to retain, treat, and eliminate runoff at the source using green infrastructure applications. Green infrastructure helps replicate natural hydrologic functions like storage, detention, infiltration, filtration, evaporation, transpiration, and uptake by plants, and can improve water quality and reduce runoff volumes. These natural functions are often lost in transportation projects where impervious road surfaces prevent rain water from soaking into the ground.  This project will help FMATS decide which streets are in greatest need of green infrastructure and how it can be applied and coordinated with current and future road reconstruction activities.

 Methodology/Products:  The plan will be a written report accompanied by maps and drawings of the top 10 (+/-) streets in the urbanized area that are in greatest need of green infrastructure, including specific design recommendations for each of those streets such as vegetated swales, rain gardens, retention areas, constructed wetlands, permeable pavers, tree wells and planters, re-vegetation/rehabilitation efforts, curb breaks, and other best management practices. Financial and right-of-way constraints will be considered in the recommendations of this report. Implementation will be the responsibility of the respective facility owner.

Deliverables

Green Streets Introduction Presentation

 

 

 

Resources:

FMATS Green Streets Policy

Green vs Gray Map

Green Streets Nomination Campaign

Alaska Stormwater Guide

BMP Effectiveness Report

Fairbanks Green Infrastructure Guide

Fairbanks-North Pole Storm Water Guide 3rdEdition

Fairbanks-North Pole Stormwater Management Plan

Green Infrastructure Opportunities Maps