LID Site Overview
WSSI's site uses a fully-integrated Low Impact Development (LID) design to reduce storm water volumes and peak flow rates through detention, retention, and evapotranspiration. In contrast, a "traditional" site would utilize curb and gutter practices to remove storm water as quickly as possible with no provision for reducing the volume that is discharged. WSSI’s LID design employs a myriad of small-scale Integrated Management Practices (IMP's) to closely mimic the hydrology of a forested site. See below and click the links to the left to explore the specific LID features on the WSSI site.
To help quantify the hydrologic benefits of LID, WSSI also installed an automated monitoring system to measure the amount of flow exiting each IMP. Data collected by the monitoring system can be downloaded here, and is free for use.
NOTE: In January 2014, the LID system was deactivated after collecting more than two years of rainfall data. Past storm event analysis dating back to 2012 can still be found on our website under the “Storm Events and Data” page.