America has a big infrastructure problem. More precisely, it has a $3.6 trillion problem. That’s what it will take to fix the country’s aging roads, bridges, levees, water mains and other systems that sustain our communities and economy, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. When you think of rebuilding America’s infrastructure, bioswales, artificial wetlands and coral reefs probably don’t spring to mind. But they should. These projects may not be as flashy as a massive new seawall or state-of the-art water treatment plant. But “green infrastructure” solutions can often provide the same services as traditional manmade structures and often do so at less cost. Plus, they provide great environmental benefits at no extra cost.
Source: Mark Tercek