Low impact development (LID), also known as sustainable stormwater design, has well established design guidelines for both residential and commercial development. However, industrial guidance has yet to be established and practices can conflict with industrial operations.
Conventional stormwater management systems are designed to collect, convey and discharge runoff offsite as efficiently as possible. This conventional design approach results in water quality degradation, stream erosion and the need to construct large end of pipe ponds. The more effective LID designs promote infiltration and treatment at the source of runoff through the use of micro-scale controls (e.g., vegetated filter strips, rain gardens and open drainage swales). LID practices are more cost effective and aesthetically pleasing than traditional, structural stormwater management systems.
While some LID practices are applicable to an industrial setting, many could result in contaminant migration and environmental impacts (i.e., promoting groundwater infiltration). To overcome these challenges, Roux Associates has developed innovative LID designs specialized for an industrial facility. Our designs provide alternatives to end-of-pipe detention ponds such as stormwater wetlands and engineered soil profiles, bioswales, and bioretention systems to filter and adsorb contaminants. Roux has implemented industrial LID designs around the world, working to retrofit operating facilities as well as working with engineers on the planning and construction of new facilities.