MSD builds and promotes green installations that reduce stormwater runoff. MSD administers regulations that require green installations for development disturbing an acre or more.
MSD’s Green Infrastructure Program locates, builds or incentivizes opportunities for green installations. This lessens the need and the cost of additional infrastructure like storage tanks, large pipes and treatment facilities. It also means decreasing sewer overflows and treatment facility stress. These cost-effective solutions not only save MSD customers money, they also improve local waterway quality.
Just a few of these green infrastructure solutions are:
- Bio-retention basins - Benefits of a Rain Garden video - Rain Garden Maintenance video
- Green roads and alleys
- Permeable pavement sidewalks and parking - Permeable Paver Maintenance video
- Rain gardens and barrels (see our Rain Garden Plant Guide for gardening ideas)
- Vegetated roofs
- Water Quality Units
Interested in incorporating Green Infrastructure in your construction projects? Please read Chapter 18 of the MSD Design Manual: Green Infrastructure, Strategies to Manage Stormwater in Our Community.
For green infrastructure inspection checklists click here
MSD offers partnership incentives for qualified green infrastructure projects, and Downspout Disconnection and Urban Reforestation programs. Learn more here.
MSD also offers credits to reduce drainage service charges for property owners who agree to operate green infrastructure best management practices on their properties.
For more information regarding MSD's green infrastructure incentive program, please contact Brett Clark or 502.540.6225.
Smaller projects may be eligible to receive incentives through Louisville Metro Government's Office of Sustainability. Visit the Office of Sustainability website to learn more.
Qualified Post-Construction Inspector Training (QPCI)
Required annual inspections of post-construction best management practices must be completed by a Qualified Post-Construction Inspector (QPCI) per the Long Term Maintenance and Operation Agreement (LTMOA). The training, Qualified Post-Construction Inspector page, is provided free of charge. You must get an 80% or better on the quiz to receive the QPCI certification. For questions or comments related to the training please email Brett Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.