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“We need to provide financial incentives for low-impact development projects,” said Joseph C. Lawler, a deputy director for the GSA, which manages the federal government’s buildings.

“Low-impact” refers to flood-control efforts that can be easily and inexpensively incorporated into building design, such as putting soil and vegetation on rooftops or “rain gardens” next to buildings to absorb rainfall.

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