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"From Grey Funnels to Green Sponges" EPA Green Streets Podcast

EPA Department of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds offers a Podcast titled, "Gray Funnels to Green Sponges" and features an Interview with Clark Wilson (Senior Urban Planner, Smart Growth Program, EPA) discussing an alternative to the way we’ve built streets in the past—Green Streets—and how they’re used for stormwater management.


Association of Metropolitan Sewage Agencies (AMSA)
AMSA represents the interests of the country's wastewater treatment agencies, true environmental practitioners that serve the majority of the sewered population in the United States, and collectively treat and reclaim more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater each day. AMSA maintains a key role in the development of environmental legislation, and works closely with federal regulatory agencies in the implementation of environmental programs.

BOB Site Wins Governor's Award

A Building Outside the Box (BOB) site, Morgan Park Place, has won the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for Building Green.  Morgan Park Place is a 72-unit, multi-family, mixed-use, urban infill project that meets high standards for water and energy efficiency and stormwater management while offering a wide range of living spaces in size and price.  Click here to take a tour of the site's sustainable building features.  


CRC's Building Outside the Box Program Featured in National EPA Publication

The U.S. EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds publishes a monthly report, Nonpoint Source New-Notes, on "the condition of the water-related environment, the control of nonpoint sources of water pollution, and the ecological management and restoration of watersheds."  The September issue features an article about the Cumberland River Compact's (TN) Building Outside the Box program - a coalition that helps to educate the building and construction community, as well as the general public, about best management practices, erosion control and green building techniques and the positive effect they can have on our water quality.  To read the entire report, go to

EPA Publication: Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices
The goal of this document is to help communities that have adopted smart growth policies and plans recognize the water benefits of those smart growth techniques and suggest ways to integrate those policies into stormwater planning and compliance.

Establishing a Stormwater Utiliy
This manual was prepared to assist communities that are considering the development and implementation of a stormwater utility as a means of providing supplemental or alternative funding for their stormwater management program. It is written for citizens, elected officials, and city or county administrators and staff who want to understand the issues, benefits and community investment associated with stormwater utilities.

From Greenscapes to Hardscapes: A study of tree canopy and impervious surface in the Metro Atlanta area
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper partnered with the University of Georgia in a study to create the firstever data set of tree cover and impervious surface in the 16-county Atlanta metro area. The study mapped change over a ten year period, using satellite images taken in 1992 and 2001.

Fusing Smart Growth & Water Quality - Presentation

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.


Fusing Smart Growth and Water Quality - Jane Fowler, Southeast Watershed Forum and Joel Haden, Tennessee Valley Authority

Green Growth Guidelines - Presentation

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.


Green Growth Guidelines - Sonny Emmert, GA Department of Natural Resources

Growth Readiness: Outcomes and Lessons Learned in the Southeast

Presentation given at the Southeast Watershed Forum's conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008 in Charleston, SC. 


Growth Readiness: Outcomes and Lessons Learned in the Southeast
Patrick Beggs, North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Joe Krewer, Georgia Dept of Community Affairs
Liz Upchurch, Tennessee Valley Authority

Low-Impact Development Manual

Presentation given at the Southeast Watershed Forum's conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008 in Charleston, SC. 

Low-Impact Development Manual - Christy Perrin, NC State University

Modeling the Effectiveness of “Green BMPs” in Stormwater Quantity and Quality - Jennifer Gulick

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The Davey Resource Group and the Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky jointly developed an educational tool to promote environmentally sensitive planning and to demonstrate how “green” best management practices (BMPs) can be incorporated into site design with the purpose of improving regional stormwater management.

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Monitoring the Impact of Coastal Development in South Carolina

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

Monitoring the Impact of Coastal Development in South Carolina - Dan Hitchcock, Clemson University
Part 1 / Part 2

Montgomery County, MD Green Infrastructure Plan
This website displays the Green Infrastructure Functional Master Plan with the following goals: Provide a policy guide for development and zoning decisions; help guide master plans; provide a planning tool to help improve water quality; realize forest protection goals; increase the potential for state funding of open space preservation; and support the desired development pattern identified in the county's General Plan and facilitate smart growth.

Montgomery County, MD Special Protection Areas for Streams
The streams in Montgomery County, including those found in parkland, on private property, or elsewhere in the neighborhood, are an important part of the natural resources of the county. A healthy stream provides recreational, natural, and aesthetic benefits. Over 1500 miles of streams in Montgomery County provide habitat to our rich and diverse aquatic life and water-dependent wild life. A healthy stream contributes to good drinking water and helps protect the Chesapeake Bay.

National Stormwater Best Management Practices Database.
This database provides access to BMP performance data in a standardized format for roughly 200 BMP studies conducted over the past fifteen years. Has some good information on individual case studies but no summary info.

New - Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the United States Botanic Garden and a diverse group of stakeholder organizations to develop guidelines and standards for landscape sustainability. The motivation behind this initiative stems from the desire to protect and enhance the ability of landscapes to provide services such as climate regulation, clean air and water, and improved quality of life. Sustainable Sites™ is a cooperative effort with the intention of supplementing existing green building and landscape guidelines as well as becoming a stand-alone tool for site sustainability.


New Municipal Stormwater Resources Available from the Center for Watershed Protection
The Center for Watershed Protection has released a new report, Deriving Reliable Pollutant Removal Rates for Municipal Street Sweeping and Storm Drain Cleanout Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Basin, and the final installment of the Urban Subwatershed Restoration Manual Series, Manual 9: Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Practices.  Both are available for download on their website.  Click here for more information.

NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.  The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.  This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.


Rain Gardens Blossom as a Storm-water Management Tool
When it rains, it pours—and that’s the problem for scientists and engineers working in the field of storm-water management. But a study posted today on ES&T’s Research ASAP website (10.1021/es051644f) confirms the effectiveness of rain gardens, an increasingly popular—and aesthetically pleasing—technique for reducing the flow of common pollutants after storms in cities and suburbs. Authors Michael Dietz and John Clausen of the University of Connecticut also show how a simple design modification can enhance rain gardens’ ability to treat the polluted rainwater flowing off roofs. The authors hope that their results will help contribute to the growing acceptance of rain gardens by developers and homeowners.

A research study was conducted to determine the significance of soil disturbance, urban vegetation and infiltration in suburban stormwater management. A considerable amount of suburban land is commonly denuded and soil sufficiently disturbed to produce a marked increase in downstream flooding. Sensitive land use planning can significantly reduce the amount of tree destruction and soil disturbance during urban development. Reclamation of disturbed sites through urban soil and tree management has the potential to significantly increase the low infiltration conditions thereby reducing the volume of stormwater runoff.

Smart Growth for Clean Water Report from the Trust for Public Land
This report identifies five smart growth approaches that can improve water quality: land conservation, waterfront brownfields revitalization, urban and community forestry, low impact development, and watershed management. (2003) This report showcases the results of the Smart Growth for Clean Water Project, launched in 2000 by the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Forest Service, ERG, and five state/local demonstration projects.

This Project is designed to help states and localities use smart growth tools as key strategies for achieving clean water goals. Project objectives include:

• Educating local and state elected and appointed officials about opportunities to use smart growth tools to improve water quality and meet federal regulatory mandates.

• Fostering interaction among smart growth, brownfields, water quality, and urban and community forestry leaders.

• Showcasing and assisting specific demonstration projects that illustrate how state and local governments can use smart growth tools to improve water quality, control stormwater, meet regulatory mandates, and achieve other community objectives.

• Identifying state and federal policy barriers that are discouraging the use of smart growth tools for clean water and developing solutions to overcome these barriers.

• Disseminating information on available smart growth tools, projects, programs, and resources to help local and state governments achieve their water quality objectives.

Southeast Stormwater Association
SESWA is the source for up-to-date information on stormwater management for professionals in city and county governments and the the consulting community throughout the Southeast.

St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida—Environmental Resource Permits
Regulation of Stormwater Management Systems A good example of a regional approach to stormwater management in a state where development pressures are extremely intense.

Storm Water Economics for Local Government: A Case for Non-structural Best Practices - Joel Haden and Dennis Yankee

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Storm water costs money. Local government, developers and citizens bear these costs. Communities most aware of storm water costs are those regulated by the Clean Water Act (CWA) Amendments under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Storm water or runoff can be a major source of non-point pollution.

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Stormwater Authority

This site holds research, papers, articles, news - it's all about stormwater, and here you will find an archive of documents from professionals in the stormwater industry. 
Excellent BMP resource - Learn about site design, applicabilty, costs, maintenance & more!  « BMPs in a Flash

Stormwater Management in Arid and Drought-Prone Regions

By Jeff Gunderson for Stormwater Magazine, Jan/Feb 09: Arid and drought-like conditions affecting different regions across the US are forcing many cities and municipalities to change the way they deal with stormwater management and water reuse. As water scarcity becomes serious, more and more water professionals are recognizing the value of rainwater and stormwater and are beginning to adopt and implement progressive strategies for catchment and retention. Click here to read the rest of the article.


Stormwater Management Information from Forester Press

Forester Communications’ book publishing division offers an expanding library of premier educational and design sources for civil engineering, environmental services, and urban infrastructure professionals. Our titles cover the following subject areas: construction (grading and excavation), solid waste management, soil stabilization, erosion and sediment control, and surface water quality (stormwater).


Stormwater Strategies: Community Responses to Runoff Pollution

Published by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1999, this report highlights successful, local case studies in managing stormwater runoff. Includes numerous case studies from around the Southeast.

Tennessee Water Blueprint
The water in Tennessee’s streams and river systems belongs to all of us. We all use clean water. We want to have enough for all our needs—for drinking, for farming, for fish, wildlife, and recreation. Industry requires water, and our state uses water to produce power. Our personal health and the economic health of our state depend on an abundant supply of clean water.

The Growing Case of Community Liability - Larry Larson Southeast and Tennessee

Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

This presentation will focus on watershed based approaches to development that all communities face. It will include a discussion of the No Adverse Impact (NAI) approach to development that integrates various programs at the local level. Communities undertake activities every year that change their future, and either increase their flood risk or prevent future increases. Integration of appropriate measures in community activities like hazard identification, education and outreach, planning, regulation, mitigation, public infrastructure and emergency services is the key. Some of the legal issues will also be discussed, such as community liability and property rights, which are key community concerns.

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The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center
Designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others who need technical assistance on stormwater management issues and NPDES Phase 11 Regulations.

Trees: A Capital Investment - Cheryl Kollin

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

An urban forest is like the principal of an investment—a city’s natural capital. When the principal is large enough, it provides interest in the form of environmental benefits, among them, slowing stormwater and recharging groundwater, filtering pollutants before they enter waterways, cleaning air, and cooling communities. American Forests offers tools to communities to calculate the economic values of a city’s green infrastructure. This presentation will show how cities in the southeastern U.S. have used their green infrastructure to improve stormwater management.

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Value of Existing Trees in Residential Development

Presentation given at the Southeast Watershed Forum's conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008 in Charleston, SC. 


Value of Existing Trees in Residential Development - Shirley Trier, Davey Resource Group

Westview Condominiums Greenroof - Nashville, TN
Westview Condominiums in downtown Nashville is a hallmark of urban renewal. Before offering the units for sale, Developer Ron McClaron of McClaron and Associates replaced the old roof with a greenroof because he considered Westview a prime location for launching an environmental demonstration project: the city’s first residential greenroof.

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