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Stakeholders working together to integrate Arlington’s green infrastructure efforts

There are numerous stakeholders working together to support Arlington green infrastructure initiatives. Arlington County’s strategy for community engagement has been to incentivize homeowner and neighborhood participation at the site-scale. This can be contrasted with the MetroGreen plan in Kansas City, which encourages partnerships among businesses and organizations toward regional goals and projects.

Stakeholder partnerships are also focused on reducing stormwater runoff, which reflects the county’s emphasis in that area of green infrastructure. As the county begins to insert broader green infrastructure language into its Master Transportation Plan and the Stormwater Master Plan, broader partnerships may begin to emerge that look beyond stormwater management goals.


Stormwater-focused partnerships

  • The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management administers the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, which enlists volunteer help for informal testing for the presence of bacteria and pollution-tolerant macroinvertebrates (‘stream bugs’). The program raises awareness among citizens of the challenges that the Arlington County riparian system faces from high ratios of impervious surfaces.
  • There may be a number of informal partnerships at an even smaller scale, such as the one exhibited in the Rain Garden Youtube video.

Broadly-focused partnerships

  • Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment work with “citizens, civic associations, local and national government agencies, and the business and professional community” to focus on the four areas of community sustainability, education, litter and pollution, and watershed resources. ACE is primarily supported by the Arlington County government under a grant from the Department of Environmental Services Solid Waste Division.
  • The Arlington Urban Forestry Plan recognizes the potential of establishing and enhancing partnerships with entities such as Dominion Virginia Power, VDOT, the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the Urban Forestry Master Plan, already works with Arlington Re-Leaf, ACE, and the Potomac Conservancy.


Two categories of partnerships can be broadly applied to Arlington’s green infrastructure partnerships. One category consists of partnerships between the county and homeowners or small civic groups. This category would include initiatives such as the StormwaterWise Landscapes Program and are focused on stormwater management efforts at the site scale. The second category consists of partnerships between organizations, like the partnership between the Parks and Rec department and the Beautification Committee, or between ACE and business organizations. These partnerships still reflect the emphasis on stormwater management, but have a broader scope than the citizen-government partnerships.











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