Low Impact Development (LID)

What is Low Impact Development?

LID is an innovative land-planning and engineering design strategy for stormwater management meant to lessen the impact of development on stormwater quality and quantity by managing stormwater as close to its original source as possible.

History of LID

The LID concept began in the mid-1980s as an alternative to the more traditional, centralized stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) used on construction sites and redevelopment projects, such as detention and retention ponds. The drawbacks to these traditional BMPs, combined with increasingly more stringent state and federal environmental water quality regulations, encouraged environmental scientists and engineers to research and develop more sustainable methods for urban areas to manage and treat stormwater.

Local Examples of LID

Are you interested in learning more about LID practices and how they function? Fortunately, Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources maintain an online map database of completed LID installations in Oklahoma and throughout the rest of the world! Please visit their website to see photos and project descriptions on a variety of LID installations. 

There are also several LID projects located here in Edmond:

Edmond LID Projects Access Address
COE Planning & Public Works Building LID Demonstration Project Public 10 South Littler Avenue
The Super Scoop Ice Cream Shop Geocell Parking Area Private 419 South Littler Avenue
Bickum-Rudkin Park Xeriscape Garden Public 450 East 33rd Street
Blake-Service Soccer Complex Rain Garden Public 1502 West Danforth Road
COE Pump Station Bioretention Area (private gated facility) Private 1512 West Danforth Road