“One Water” Guide Taps SARA Green Infrastructure Project
A new Hill Country Alliance guidebook on water stewardship features low-impact development guidelines Freese and Nichols drafted for the San Antonio River Authority.
“One Water in the Texas Hill Country” showcases projects that have helped deal with growth in ways that preserve water and other natural resources. The guidebook was produced by the nonprofit alliance together with the National Wildlife Federation and is designed to connect communities with professionals experienced in One Water strategies, planning, implementation, design and construction.
Kim Patak, a Freese and Nichols Associate and an Austin-based Stormwater Management Project Manager, led the creation of a manual for SARA showing how low-impact development design using green infrastructure at the Brooks Development can reduce erosion and pollution in waterways adjacent to the property.
Brooks is a master-planned community being developed on the 1,308-site that was home to Brooks Air Force Base until 2011. The manual gives developers and leaders a roadmap through case studies about green infrastructure features, identification of locations where specific tools might have the most impact and data about typical construction costs.