Kansas City’s Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure Earns Envision Platinum

October 13, 2016

The Kansas City Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects in Kansas City, MO, received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. The projects are the 20th to get an Envision award since the program began.

The Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects were designed to reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in the region. The project area encompasses 744 acres of watershed flowing to two combined sewer outfalls, both of which flow into the Blue River.

“As sustainable infrastructure projects serve the community, the Kansas City Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects highlight the health of the city’s water and sewer flows that contribute to the quality of life and sustainability of the water infrastructure effects on the local economy,” said ISI President and CEO, William Bertera.

These projects are the first green infrastructure projects for Kansas City’s Overflow Control Program, the city’s largest infrastructure investment—a 25-year, $4.5-5 billion investment—owned by KC Water.


The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.

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