Land + Water WORKS Coalition

Land + Water WORKS Coalition Summary

The Land + Water WORKS Coalition (LWWC) was formed in 2017 to provide Detroit residents with the resources needed to become better stewards of our environment, as well as operate as a liaison that engages residents around green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) opportunities and stewardship. We advocate sustainable land and water use practices to promote healthy and equitable communities and to provide economic benefits through the implementation of GSI. Our coalition members represent many aspects of water conservation and education, community organizing, community open space planning, and vacant land transformation.

 

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Detroit’s available land, access to fresh water, and its resilient residents are among its most precious assets. The city continues to evolve and adapt to a changing environment, including the challenges of aging infrastructure.

Detroit’s 24 vacant square miles have the opportunity to be transformed into an integrated, open-space network that can foster a uniquely sustainable city that creates jobs with pathways to prosperity, provides physical and mental health benefits, and improves air and water quality.

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an alternative approach to wet weather management that uses land and buildings to control stormwater runoff in ways that transform vacant lots into open spaces amenities. GSI can also reduce the occurrence and severity of floods, enhance the attractiveness and value of a property and could decrease the cost of operating the wastewater treatment system.

When GSI installation and maintenance increases in scale, it creates a variety of jobs across several sectors, including designing, supplying and contracting. Through GSI implementation to address stormwater overflow into the Detroit and Rouge Rivers that connect to our Great Lakes, Detroiters have the opportunity to lead the green culture shift of the future.

 

Mission and Vision

Mission

The Land + Water WORKS Coalition connects Detroit residents to our water system to help them become a part of a shared sustainable future through innovative engagement strategies that deepen understanding and develop advocates of green stormwater infrastructure and an equitable green infrastructure economy.

 

Vision

The Land + Water WORKS Coalition supports Detroiters becoming active and conscious stewards of our land and waterways to create a healthy community and improve the quality of life for all Detroiters.

Land + Water WORKS Coalition Research

The LWWC is working with local GSI implementers to develop a set of standardized best practices for rain garden and bioretention design to ensure maximum return on investment for implementing successful installation in Detroit communities. We are creating a set of best practices for measuring effectiveness and monitoring performance.

 

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Land + Water WORKS Coalition Ambassador Program

The LWWC is more than a group of passionate and engaged environmentally focused organizations – we are a bridge that connects Detroiters to legislators, residents to opportunities, and, most importantly, the present to a sustainable future. Through hands-on training, Detroit residents and non-profit organizations can also become neighborhood GSI experts, who engage and educate other Detroiters and property owners in such principals. As a result, Ambassadors help their community advance activities and support policies that improve the quality of life for all Detroiters for generations to come.

 

The 2020 Land + Water WORKS Coalition Ambassador Program

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Land + Water WORKS Coalition (LWWC) will have 15 Detroit residents and four non-profit organizations to serve as 2020 LWWC Ambassadors. Through hands-on training, LWWC Ambassadors become neighborhood experts in GSI. They will engage and educate Detroiters and property owners in such principals. As a result, Ambassadors help their community advance activities and support policies that improve the quality of life for all Detroiters for generations to come.

For more information or questions, email lwwc@detroitfuturecity.com or call Tomicka Robinson, Detroit Future City’s Community Engagement Manager at (313) 259-4407.

The 2020 LWWC Ambassadorship Application is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

 

Detroit Property Owner's Guide to Bioretention

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Have you tried to understand stormwater management in Detroit?

 

Are you interested in installing a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) practice on your property, but need more information about how to get the project done?

 

Would you like to invest in a GSI practice that could beautify your property and potentially improve your bottom line through a DWSD drainage credit?

 

If so, the Detroit Property Owner’s Guide to Bioretention is for you.

 

This guide will be particularly useful for small business owners, nonprofits and faith-based organizations in Detroit who are looking to retrofit or add a GSI practice to their existing property. This guide will provide details on how to plan for and implement a bioretention basin on your non-residential property to better manage stormwater.

 

Click here to learn more about the Guide.

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Our Coalition Partners

Click to learn more about Alliance Click to learn more about the Eastside Community Network Click to learn more about EcoWorks

 

 

 

Click to learn more about Friends of the Rouge Click to learn more about The Greening of Detroit Click to learn more about Keep Growing Detroit

 

 

Click to learn more about Michigan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength Click to learn more about Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Click to learn more about Sierra Club - Great Lakes Program

Detroit Property Owner's Guide to Bioretention

Manage stormwater on a non-residential property.
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The Field Guide to Working with Lots

View the full, interactive Field Guide online now.
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Detroit GSI Workforce Assessment

An examination of potential economic impact.
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Detroit Future City Strategic Framework

The Blueprint for Detroit's Future.
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