Contemporary stormwater runoff management is about capturing rain and filtering it close to where it falls, mimicking what would happen naturally. Practices such as green roofs and rain gardens use plants to help capture rainfall and filter it into the soil.

This type of stormwater management is often referred to as green infrastructure. If you would like to learn more, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website on green infrastructure is a good resource: 

Link: EPA - Green Infrastructure