Nowadays the city of São Paulo is facing a water crisis that threatens the economic growth ofBrazil's richest state. The degradation of the city's water bodies shows no sign of pause, asbest exemplified by the case of the Pinheiros Basin according to the water quality rating providedby the CETESB in 2009. Sao Paulo's Urban Waters have been managed by a rigid andcentralized system that revolves around the quick removal of water. This system has shownto be insufficient in controlling the most recurring problems of urban drainage, consequently,taking a toll on the existing natural capital. In light of this issue, these hydrological modelsmust be revised with the aim to offer alternatives that allows for the most efficient use of itswater resources. We believe that this goal can be achieved through the employment of GreenInfrastructure Technologies (GIT). Our hypothesis is that the employment of GIT willcontribute to the qualitative and quantitative improvement of the water system making theresource available for its urban use and present itself as a possible avenue to mitigate theimpacts of the current water crisis. This hypothesis will be tested in a EnvironmentalRehabilitation Landscaping Project that will take place in Jaguare Creek's Urban Basinwith the aim of contributing to the instrumentation of a pilot program for the environmentalrehabilitation of Urban Basins.
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