Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: May 04, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412973816 | Print ISBN: 9781412996822 | Online ISBN: 9781412973816| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Anthony R. S. Chiaviello
Bluebelts are undeveloped areas retained by cities to provide stormwater catchment and wetland-based wastewater management to supplement or replace conventional constructed sewage and wastewater treatment systems. With the widespread growth of suburban populations, many standard storm- and wastewater management systems require updating and expansion. Bluebelts are another, environmentally friendly way to sanitize water and ensure proper drainage. In many areas, suburban and rural expansion has outpaced the municipality's ability to create infrastructure to handle wastewater and surface runoff drainage. In some cases, the installation of conventional water treatment piping would destroy protected wetlands. Compared with conventional drainage systems, blue-belts are known for being ecologically sound and extremely cost-effective. In addition, because bluebelts are a positive alternative to building newly constructed, chemical-based systems, many towns and cities are turning to creating them. Bluebelt systems can update water management systems without completely replacing or expanding existing structures. They use an area's natural ...