The EPA defines green infrastructure as “a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts by reducing and treating storm water at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices to restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments.” As a landscape architect it’s in my DNA to be a responsible steward of our natural resources. By creating outdoor spaces that improve the health and quality of life for its users and our natural ecosystems, I’ve spent my entire adult life helping to restore the environmental health of our planet. With a body of work that spans over 35 years, the resilience of my past projects after multiple storm events is a testament to the strength of my experience, knowledge and design approach. See Project Below
Edith Widder & Dave Smith Residence
Two green infrastructure installations on this coastal property improve water quality and provide ecosystem habitat on the Indian River Lagoon. Prior to improvements, weedy, diseased turf area in the back yard sloped toward the water. A rain garden was constructed to capture and detain all storm water from the property on site. Native plants absorb and filter nutrients from storm water, recharging the aquifer and preventing pollutants from washing into the Indian River Lagoon. The aging corroded aluminum seawall received a facelift with mangrove ‘reef wall’ panels, providing more natural infrastructure for marine habitat rejuvenation.