Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI)


The terms LID and GI are often used interchangeably. Green Infrastructure (GI) refers to a class of stormwater control measures or practices that slow, capture, treat, infiltrate and/or store runoff at its source, and includes both structural and non-structural approaches. GI can be applied at the site (green roofs, porous pavement and cisterns), neighborhood (streets and green detention facilities) or regional scale (urban forestry and open space preservation).

Low Impact Development (LID) approaches and principles include: minimizing land disturbance during development, incorporating and preserving natural features in the development, decentralizing stormwater management and treating it at the source through the use of GI and other techniques, reducing and disconnecting impervious surfaces in the development, and understanding and mimicking pre-development hydrology.

The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and Arid LID are continuing a successful partnership to bring the Land & Water Summit 2017. Please click on the links below to find out more about Arid LID projects in the southwest.

Pre-Summit Arid Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Tour

See Green Infrastructure Working in Our Communities

Join us for the third of our Arid LID/ GI field trips  Wednesday February 22nd. This year

through Rio Rancho into the North Valley of Albuquerque, leaving the hotel at 8am and returning by 3pm.  Sites include:  

  1. Bernalillo Athena Pond, Town of Bernalillo
  2. Pueblo of Santa Ana Bosque Reclamation
  3. Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho
  4. Bachechi Open Space (lunch here)
  5. Rio Grande Nature Center Education Building

There’s a final optional stop leaving the hotel at 4 pm to tour Tractor Brewing, sample local beers and talk with colleagues about the possibilities presented on the tour.

Please note that registration for the tour is separate from summit registration. You can do one or the other or both. Seating for the tour is limited so register early.