Nature has a talent for multi-tasking, CPLA believes we need to encourage this characteristic across our 939 acres. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soil, and natural hydrologic features to manage stormwater and provide environmental and community benefits. While ‘green’ implies something that must be actively maintained and/or potentially restored, ‘infrastructure’ implies something that we must have (utilities, roads, etc.). When combined they emphasize interconnected systems that use or mimic natural processes to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, or reuse stormwater for the benefit of our campus community and environment. Per UW-Madison’s framwork plan, “For Wisconsin and the World” stewardship is identified as a leading priority. It is the goal of CPLA to promote and integrate the most current and applicable research and education in the arena of green infrastructure on our campus development projects.
The Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management Master Plan (link) suggests both structural (bioinfiltration, permeable pavements, BMP’s, etc.) and non-structural (street sweeping, education of faculty/students/staff, etc.) approaches to achieving the goals established in the report. The report also estimates potential numeric progress toward achieving regulatory objectives offered by major structural changes. While the specific policies and practices recommended in the report should not be considered mandates, it is important to recognize that there are specific regulatory mandates driving many of the recommendations. Therefore, the decision to implement, not implement, or modify each of the identified practices will impact progress toward meeting regulatory mandates.
Wellhead Protection zones located within or near campus are indicated on the above map due to their significance on the impact of the type of green infrastructure that can be used in proximity to the well. Green infrastructure in these areas must comply with city Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) plans (Wells 6, 19, 27).