Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) — Low Impact Development
Raingardens capture parking lot runoff at a local manufacturing facility.
A green roof reduces heating and cooling costs at this site in Minneapolis.
Low impact development (LID) for businesses
Would you like to:
- reduce your business’s environmental impact?
- protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers?
- reduce regulatory obligations?
- demonstrate environmental stewardship?
- save money?
If so, you might consider using LID techniques on your business site. LID is a type of stormwater management that strives to mimic the natural flow of water in a watershed, and is an alternative to the conventional curb-and-gutter approach to stormwater management. LID can reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients, heavy metals, and other pollutants that enter Minnesota’s waters through stormwater runoff.
Examples of LID include
- rain gardens
- rain barrels and cisterns
- porous asphalt, concrete and pavers
- vegetated swales
- green roofs
- curbless streets and curb cuts
Read the Low Impact Development for Minnesota Businesses fact sheet for information about cost, financial assistance, cold climate effectiveness, and more.
- Minnesota Stormwater Manual Online Wiki — The new online manual is a "wiki" that offers quick ways to search for information, provide feedback to the MPCA, and content updates.
- Low Impact Development for Local Governments
- Stormwater Research and Assessment
- Stormwater Program - Construction, Industrial, Municipal
- LID Urban Design Tools
- Environmental Protection Agency - LID
- Low Impact Development Center
- Blue Thumb- native landscaping
- Minnesota Green Roofs Council
- Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
For more information about LID for businesses, contact Angela Bourdaghs at 651-757-2176.