Low Impact Development

low impact developmentLow Impact Development (LID) is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

Developments in the City of Riverside are to implement LID; the City’s MS4 Permit specifically requires development projects to infiltrate, harvest and use, evapotranspire, and/or bio-treat stormwater on the development site. These four techniques can be realized through the design and construction of several types of Best Management Practices (BMPs).

The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (RCFC&WCD) has developed a LID BMP Design Handbook to assist developers in their efforts to build quality, long lasting BMPs for their developments. This handbook, combined with the region’s Water Quality Management Plan guidance documents, provide the tools necessary to design and construct developments with minimal impact on water quality.

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Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RRWQCP)
5950 Acorn Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Phone: (951) 351-6140

Admin Hours:
Hours: M-F 7:30 am-4:30 pm  
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays
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