2 November 2011 – Congress for the New Urbanism has released a new website for the Rainwater-in-Context Initiative. This will work to “institute rainwater management practices that strengthen and fully complement New Urbanism at all scales,” CNU said.

“The benefits behind dense, walkable urbanism ­– as promoted in the Charter –  are enhanced by high-performance rainwater solutions that are skillfully coordinated.

“In recent years, interest in green infrastructure and low-impact design has grown.  Yet, current rainwater management practices tend to focus on individual sites and ignore the impacts rainwater has at the watershed scale. Current approaches that require more water to be detained or infiltrated on-site encourage sprawl and make it harder to create infill developments and build compact urbanism.”