In January of 2012, the City of Corvallis conducted a community awareness effort called Healthy Streets, Healthy Streams, about potential stormwater treatment options and improved features for alternative transportation.
This guide is intended for City staff, policy makers, and citizens as an informative tool to identify the opportunities to integrate stormwater and transportation facilities. It describes key elements of Healthy Streets, Healthy Streams, to enhance and integrate alternative transportation and stormwater management, and includes a case study to illustrate potential features.
The Healthy Streets, Healthy Streams program is a framework for the City to adopt and approve green infrastructure, stormwater treatment, and multimodal transportation options that may be incorporated into public projects in Corvallis.
- Reduced Stormwater Flow—The use of natural processes, such as vegetation and soil absorption to reduce stormwater flow can improve water quality, reduce urban heating, enhance habitat connectivity, and beautify neighborhoods.
- Unique Site-Specific Design Features—Design features can be incorporated into the redesign or retrofit of an existing project, or can be included as part of design standards for new developments.
- Improved Connectivity—Locations can be prioritized to improve connectivity to key destinations on neighborhood streets with the potential to make them calmer, safer and more attractive to cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Once these concepts are understood in the local context, staff and City officials will have additional options to address transportation, stormwater, public health, and sustainability issues and policies.
Immediate benefits will be obtained through the consideration of the example features in the development of the Stormwater Design Manual, with additional near-term benefits from the wealth of information and insight gathered through the Community Outreach Survey that will serve to inform the existing conditions analysis of the Transportation System Plan project.
Who do I contact if I have questions? For additional information contact the Stormwater Program Specialist at (541) 766-6916.