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Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices > General Information

Best Management Products, Inc.
http://www.bestmp.com
The homepage of a provider of products utilized for stormwater best management practices including oil-water-debris separators for stormwater drainage systems.

California Stormwater BMP Handbooks – New Development and Redevelopment
http://www.cabmphandbooks.com/Development.asp
The New Development and Redevelopment BMP Handbook provides detailed guidance on LID or ‘Start at the Source’ principles in chapters on Stormwater Quality Planning for New Development and Redevelopment and Site and Facility Design for Water Quality Protection.

Caltrans Stormwater Management Program
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/env/stormwater/index.htm
Information on current monitoring studies, publications, conferences, and links are presented dealing with the Stormwater Management Program. This site is oriented towards reducing the impact of
California roadways on aquatic resources.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/mtbfact.htm

The Office of Wastewater Management of the Office of Water provides downloadable factsheets on best management practices for urban stormwater, including bioretention, porous pavement, wet detention ponds, and many more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/urban2.html
The Office of Water has an on-line publication entitled Techniques for Tracking, Evaluating, and Reporting the Implementation of Nonpoint Source Control Measures--Urban containing technical information and methods for evaluating stormwater best management practices.

Water Research Commission http://www.wrc.org.za/publications/watersa/2000/April/Vol26no2.asp
An online article entitled "The Removal of Urban Litter from Stormwater Conduits and Streams" includes information on the most appropriate and cost-effective methods for removing litter from drainage systems.

Best Management Practices > Bioretention

Bioretention/Raingardens Discussion Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bioretention/
This website
provides a forum to exchange ideas, discuss issues and problems, and share any other information related to bioretention.  

RainGardens.org
http://www.raingardens.org/
Basic information is provided on the design and use of rain gardens.   This site is a  partnership stormwater education project between West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the City of Grand Rapids Environmental Protective Services.

F.X. Browne, Inc.
http://www.fxbrowne.com/html/gs-facts/gs_primers.htm
A factsheet entitled "Bioretention Systems for Stormwater Management" is available for downloading at the homepage of the F.X. Browne environmental consulting firm.

Friends of Bassett Creek, Minnesota
http://www.mninter.net/~stack/rain/

A comprehensive guide to the creation of rain gardens for runoff management, habitat creation, and aesthetic value is provided with design and construction information and recommendations on plant material.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works http://ladpw.org/WMD/npdes/SUSMP_MANUAL.pdf
A downloadable publication includes the purpose, advantages, limitations and technical design criteria for the construction of a shallow-depression bioretention system for runoff management.

Michigan State University Extension
http://www.msue.msu.edu/home/info_resource.htm
Michigan State University offers a searchable database of plants and information useful to home gardeners complete with 1,800 images.

Mississippi State University Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department
http://abe.msstate.edu/csd/NRCS-BMPs/pdf/water/quality/bioretentsys.pdf
A downloadable 2-page factsheet is provided including the description and diagrams of a shallow-depression bioretention system.

National Association of Homebuilders - ToolBase Service
http://www.toolbase.org/secondaryT.asp?TrackID=&CategoryID=1382 
An on-line report from the Association's Technology Inventory that includes installation details, a short benefit/cost analysis, and a short list of links.

Stormwater Center
http://www.stormwatercenter.net/
A comprehensive document entitled "Stormwater Management Fact Sheet: Bioretention" provides detailed information on bioretention practices including applicability, design considerations and benefit/cost analysis.

Thornapple River Watershed Group
http://www.thornappleriver.com/TREI/raingardens.html
A basic introduction to the use of rain gardens in rainfall management is provided, including a list of links to on-line resources for more information on creating a rain garden.

Virginia Department of Forestry
http://www.state.vipnet.org/dof/rfb/riparian/rain_gardens.htm
Basic information is provided on the use of rain gardens for rainfall infiltration and storage with descriptions of the advantages and components of the gardens.

Virginia Transportation Research Council
http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/briefs/00-r7rb/runoff_pollution_flash.htm
A research brief entitled "Controlling Highway Runoff Pollution in Watersheds Supplying Drinking Water Reservoirs" details the study's research conclusions and recommendations for the use of a bioretention system for highway runoff management.

Best Management Practices > Green Roofs

DC Greenworks
http://www.dcgreenworks.org/ 
A subsidiary of Community Resources (Washington DC) providing assistance with local urban environmental and economic issues.  "D.C. Greenworks is currently the only D.C.-local contractor (and non-profit) promoting and installing greenroofs in Washington, D.C."

Greenroofs.com
http://www.greenroofs.com
A clearinghouse of information to promote green roof interest and development. Greenroofs.com includes the history, technical details, international and North American projects and case studies, and a comprehensive annotated bibliography of green roofs literature.

Roofscapes Inc.
http://www.roofmeadows.com
The Roofscapes Inc. homepage includes information about their services, examples of green roof projects and the benefits of using green roofs in order to reduce runoff volume, increase insulation, and increase the aesthetic value of projects.

Best Management Practices > Permeable Pavements

Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)
http://icpi.org/index.cfm
The ICPI is an industry based clearinghouse of information and training on the effectiveness and use of PICP for stormwater management, community development, and environmental management.

ICPI:
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) Fact Sheet
http://icpi.org/design/permeable_pavers.cfm
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement is an EPA approved BMP for stormwater management.
Related: http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/epa03/pavespec.htm
[See information about October 21 & 28, 2008 PICP Workshops.]

ICPI: Construction details and guide specifications
Interlocking Concrete Pavements,  Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements, Concrete Grid Pavements, and Concrete Paving Slabs (File formats include: .wmf and .dwg)
http://www.icpi.org/design/specs_details.cfm

National Association of Homebuilders
http://www.toolbase.org/tertiaryT.asp?TrackID=&CategoryID=1438&DocumentID=2160
A short on-line report from the Association's Technology Inventory entitled "Permeable Pavement" includes such information as installation details, a short benefit/cost analysis and product availability.

University of Washington Center for Urban Water Resources Management
http://depts.washington.edu/cuwrm/
A downloadable version of a publication from a research project investigating the use of permeable pavement entitled "The University of Washington Permeable Pavement Demonstration Project--Background and First-Year Results" is available under the Land Cover and Imperviousness section of the Research link at the Center's homepage.

Best Management Practices > Rain Barrels and Water Harvesting

City of Austin, Texas
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/watercon/default.htm
Details of the City of
Austin's Water Conservation Program as well as information about the city's rain barrel program (follow the links to Single-family, Multi-family, and Commercial).

City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
http://www.cityfarmer.org/rainbarrel72.html
A list of resources includes the Vancouver, British Columbia municipal rain barrel program as well as additional information on the international use of rain barrels in Japan, Australia and Great Britain.

Organization of American States
http://www.oas.org/usde/publications/Unit/oea59e/ch10.htm
A comprehensive on-line article entitled"Rainwater Harvesting from Rooftop Catchments."

Pima County, Arizona Flood Control District
http://www.dot.co.pima.az.us/flood/wh/index.html
Methods for collecting, storing, and distributing rainwater to reduce residential runoff loads are provided, as well as information on harvesting system maintenance.

Plastmo Inc.
http://www.plastmo.com/plastmo/rbdivert.html
Plastmo Inc. produces and sells cisterns and rain barrel diverters for use in collecting roof runoff and preventing it from reaching surface waters. This website contains product information as well as a list of web sites containing information on the use of rain barrels.

Best Management Practices > Soils Amendments

Washington Organic Recycling Council's Soils-for-Salmon Program
http://www.soilsforsalmon.org
The program's web site offers introductory information and links to publications highlighting the use of compost amendments to soils for preventing degradation of water quality and salmon habitat as a result of development.

Best Management Practices > Structural Soils

Cornell University Urban Horticulture Institute http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/bassuk/uhi/outreach/csc/
The Urban Horticulture Institute presents an on-line slide presentation, Structural Soils Power Point Presentation, detailing the creation of structural soil and the benefits of its use in urban forestry applications

Best Management Practices > Road Design

Utah Association of Conservation Districts
http://www.ci.north-logan.ut.us/Information/Low%20Impact%20Report/Low%20Impact%20Report.html
The Utah Community of North Logan developed LID roadway design standards. The site includes documentation of the process, exhibits, standards and specifications.

 

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > California

California Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/construc/stormwater.html
Electronic versions of California's Caltrans Storm Water Handbooks are available for download. Handbooks include information on construction site best management practices and stormwater pollution prevention.

California Stormwater BMP Handbooks
http://www.cabmphandbooks.com
First published in 1993, the 2003 versions of the four BMP Handbooks (Municipal, Commercial/Industrial, Construction, New Development and Redevelopment) reflect the current practices, standards, and significant amount of knowledge gained since the early 90s about the effectiveness of BMPs.  These Handbooks are the standard reference guidance for the stormwater community in California.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > District of Columbia

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
http://www.mwcog.org/publications/publications/ic/publist.html#WATER%20RESOURCES

Publications available for order from the Council of Governments dealing with water resources issues including information and reports on the Potomac and Anacostia River Watersheds.

Reducing Combined Sewer Overflows "Toward Clean Water in Washington, D.C."
http://www.puaf.umd.edu/faculty/papers/nelson/CSO_Complete.pdf
This report is a study of the District of Columbia CSO problem. It was prepared by the  policy analysis workshop at the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland. It includes an excellent overview of several strategies that are being used throughout the country and makes recommendations on how to develop a comprehensive watershed management framework for the restoring water quality in urban areas.  

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Idaho

City of Boise, Idaho, Department of Public Works
Download resource guide

An on-line manual by the City of Boise entitled "Stormwater Plant Materials: A Resource Guide" details the types of plant material appropriate for stormwater best management practices.  City of Boise: http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Maryland

Prince George's County, Maryland--Department of Environmental Resources
http://www.goprincegeorgescounty.com/Government/AgencyIndex/DER/index.asp
The homepage of the Programs and Planning Division offers information on County programs as well as links to on-line information on watershed management and monitoring and low impact design concepts.

State of Maryland Department of Environment
http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/SedimentandStormwater/ 
This link provides updates on Maryland's Stormwater Management Program including information on obtaining copies of The 2000 Maryland Stormwater Design Manual (Vol. I & II).

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Massachusetts

State of Massachusetts Bureau of Resource Protection
http://www.state.ma.us/dep/brp/stormwtr/stormpub.htm
Downloadable versions of Massachusetts Stormwater Policy Handbook, Stormwater Technical Handbook, and "Stormwater Management Policy."

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Minnesota

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
http://www.mnerosion.org/tools.html
A comprehensive manual available on-line entitled "Protecting Water Quality in Urban Areas" highlights technical information about best management practices to protect lakes, streams and groundwater from stormwater-related pollution.

BMP manual for small sites in cold climates
http://www.metrocouncil.org/environment/Watershed/bmp/manual.htm
See Minnesota's Metropolitan Council Environmental Services

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > New Jersey

State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watershedmgt/bmpmanual.htm
The State of New Jersey's Best Management Practices for Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution from Stormwater is available on-line including detailed information in Chapter 5 on bioretention, swales, and constructed wetlands.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > North Carolina

City of Greensboro, North Carolina http://www.ci.greensboro.nc.us/stormwater/Planning/TechnicalDocuments/index.htm
Stormwater Management Manual, 1st Edition.  An on-line article prepared by the Water Resources department providing basic information on best management practices that protect water quality, including constructed wetlands and bioretention systems.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts
http://www.pacd.org/products/bmp/bioretention.htm
A web site devoted to providing information on the bioretention best management practices for stormwater pollution prevention.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Tennessee

City of Knoxville, Tennessee Engineering Department
http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/engineering/bmp_manual/default.asp
A downloadable manual is provided which includes separate sections on appropriate best management practices for construction activities, erosion control, industrial land-uses, and wastewater treatment.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Texas

Texas Natural Resources Conservation Service
http://www.txnpsbook.org
Texas Nonpoint Sourcebook, a site designed to provide stormwater management information to public works professionals and other interested parties both in Texas and elsewhere, provides information ranging from basic to technical.

City of Fort Worth Department of Environmental Quality
http://ci.fort-worth.tx.us/dem/stormcontacts.htm
This site offers a list of links to stormwater programs and local government agencies around the nation dealing with stormwater management and urban runoff issues.

San Antonio River Authority (SARA)
http://www.sara-tx.org/lid_services/documents/Full LID Manual.pdf
SARA has published an LID Manual tailored to the unique soil conditions, community needs, and regulatory requirements of San Antonio and its environs.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Virginia

City of Alexandria, Virginia
http://ci.alexandria.va.us/tes/eq/stormwater_pollution.html
Information on Virginia stormwater ordinances and directions on acquiring publications such as The Alexandria Supplement to the Northern Virginia BMP Handbook and The Virginia Stormwater Management Manual.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission
http://www.novaregion.org/es_pubs.htm
A list of publications for purchase and downloading including documents on best management practices such as The Northern Virginia BMP Handbook and Nonstructural Urban BMP Handbook as well as publications on Virginia's watersheds.

Warsaw, Virginia LID Assistance Project
http://for.communitypoint.org/advocacy_projects.html
Many rural communities throughout the
Chesapeake Bay region are faced with the problem of how to accommodate growth while managing their infrastructure and protecting natural resources. LID is an innovative new approach to stormwater management that provides superior environmental protection and lower initial and long term capital and maintenance costs then conventional development. This joint project between the LID Center, Friends of the Rappahannock, and the town of Warsaw, Virginia, will examine how a small community in the Chesapeake Bay region can incorporate LID into its planning and development process and then demonstrate an application of the technology as part of the outreach and education process. 

Retrofit Cost Data
http://for.communitypoint.org/publications.html
"Celebrate Virginia" is a proposed mixed use development in
Fredericksburg, Virginia. The LID Center and the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) worked with the developer, the Silver Companies of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on water resource protection measures for the development. We proposed using LID  for water quality protection and to reduce the overall cost of the infrastructure for the project.  The developer had his land development team analyze how LID techniques could be put into several prototype design projects that they were building on similar sites to determine the feasibility and cost effectiveness of using LID for this development.  The results of the studies, which include site plans and a detailed cost analysis can be found at the FOR website.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Washington

Washington State Department of Ecology
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/9911.html
Washington's Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington. Describes the stormwater management standard for all new development and redevelopment projects in the Puget Sound.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > US EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/OW/index.html
The Office of Water's guide to Environmental Protection Agency web sites and on-line and print agency publications dealing with urban surface water management.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/bestnpsdocs.html#urban
The Office of Waters' guide to web sites and on-line and print publications containing information on non-point source pollution including source pollution control, ordinances and watershed planning.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/ordinance
This Office of Water's web site provides model non-point source ordinances to serve as templates for local officials and decision-makers seeking to protect surface water quality.

Innovative Urban Wet-Weather Flow Management Systems
http://www.epa.gov/ednnrmrl/publish/book/epa-600-r-99-029
An EPA Office of Research and Development document written by James Heaney with the University of Colorado, Robert Pitt with the University of Alabama, and Richard Field with the National Risk Management Research Laboratory.  The document addresses the competing objectives of providing drainage services at the same time as decreasing stormwater pollutant discharges.  Source area controls and onsite treatment strategies are discussed, and the cost of providing for stormwater infrastructure is summarized.  The optimal size of the infrastructure system is examined, along with the need for a move from large centralized systems to neighborhood based systems.  This document can be downloaded from the EPA site.

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > NRDC

Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/storm/chap2.asp
Chapter 2 of the on-line report Stormwater Strategies provides an overview of the causes of urban stormwater pollution and a short history of national stormwater ordinances.

NRDC updates Stormwater Strategies with chapter on LID 
http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/storm/chap12.asp
The Natural Resources Defense Council has updated their 1999 document Stormwater Strategies: Community Responses to Runoff Pollution with a chapter on Low Impact Development, which has evolved rapidly in the two years since the document's initial release.  It includes 13 new case studies demonstrating that LID can be used for stormwater and combined sewer overflows in both the suburbs and core urban areas, often at less cost than traditional stormwater management approaches. 

Stormwater Management Manuals, Publications, & Ordinances > Australia

Urbanwater.info
http://www.urbanwater.info 
An online toolkit and directory on urban water management created by Batkin Walkerden Associates for a local government group in Australia.  Its focus is low impact design from a water cycle perspective.

Upper Paramatta River Catchment (Australia) Trust
http://www.uprct.nsw.gov.au/osd
An electronic version of the On-site Stormwater Detention Handbook, including information about the use of on-site storage of runoff to prevent flooding, is available after a simple registration.

 

Green Highways and Green Infrastructure

Green Development: Good for Water and the Bottom Line Conference
Held February 24-26, 2008
Links to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC's) conference website. They anticipate adding new content to it frequently to ensure that the communication regarding green infrastructure and low impact development continues. http://state.tn.us/environment/greendev/index.shtml 

Green Highways Partnership
http://www.greenhighways.org/ 

 

Top 10 Internet Resources for Low Impact Development

American Water Resources Association Cahaba/Warrior Student Chapter
http://www.eng.ua.edu/~awra/download.htm
Two extensive databases are available for download from this site: a literature review containing over 4,000 references on urban runoff issues and management prepared by Dr. Robert Pitt; and water quality data from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environmental Protection Agency's National Urban Runoff Program.

Center for Watershed Protection's Stormwater Center
http://www.stormwatercenter.net/
The Stormwater Center offers resources to technically assist decision-makers and the public on stormwater management issues. Resources include publications and manuals, slide shows, ordinance information, monitoring and assessment methods, and best management practices factsheets.

Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
The Low Impact Development Center is a non-profit water resources research group with a mission of conducting research and training on LID and sustainable stormwater management. Resources include publications, pictures, and other resources.

Prince George's County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Resources
http://www.goprincegeorgescounty.com/Government/AgencyIndex/DER/index.asp
The homepage of the Programs and Planning Division offers information on County programs as well as links to on-line information on watershed management and monitoring and low impact design concepts.

Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team
http://www.psat.wa.gov/
Resources on protecting the water quality and biological resources of
Puget Sound. Programs for pollution prevention, natural resource protection, stormwater management, public education and involvement, and research are provided.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/urban.html
The Office of Water provides downloadable factsheets on best management practices for urban stormwater, including bioretention, porous pavement, wet detention ponds, and many more.

University of British Columbia Sustainable Communities
http://www.sustainable-communities.agsci.ubc.ca
Resource guide on sustainable community design including publications, research, and design projects.

University of Washington Center for Urban Water Resources
http://depts.washington.edu/cuwrm/
Publications, links and research containing extensive studies on the effects of urbanization, best management practices, and habitat. Also included are links to other publications and resources including the City of Olympia's Impervious Surface Reduction Study and presentation abstracts from the Salmon in the City Conference.

Urban Land Institute
http://www.uli.org
The homepage of the Urban Land Institute, an organization with the mission of providing responsible leadership in the use of land towards enhancing the environment, offers design resources for housing, retail, office, and transportation development.

Washington State Department of Ecology
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wqhome.html
This site offers background information on water quality issues as well as the Stormwater Management Manual for
Western Washington, technical information, and sustainability resources. Additionally, links to other organizations, newsletters, and community outreach resources are provided.

 

Conservation Design, Sustainable Development and Smart Growth

American Planning Association
http://www.planning.org
The homepage of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners provides programs, information, links and publications about urban planning.

Center for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment
http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/meta/sustvl.html
A virtual library containing a comprehensive list of web links dealing with sustainable development, including organizations, projects, electronic journals, libraries, databases and directories.

Center for Watershed Protection
http://www.cwp.org/
The homepage of the Center for Watershed Protection provides links to technical tools and publications.

Greener Prospects
http://www.greenerprospects.com
The web site of the conservation design consulting service of Randall Arendt, M.R.T.P.I. (developer of Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program) provides information, products and web links dealing with sustainable development and conservation design.

Hidden Creek at the Darby
http://www.hiddencreekdarby.com/home.asp
Hidden Creek at the Darby, a planned community in central Ohio was constructed with sustainable development design concept. The website offers information and photos about the development.

Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
The Low Impact Development Center is a non-profit water resources research group with a mission of conducting research and training on low impact development and sustainable stormwater management. Publications, pictures, and other resources are available on this site.

Planning Commissioners Journal
http://www.plannersweb.com
The Planning Commissioners Journal's homepage--Planners Web--offers resources for urban planners including a guide to web resources dealing with urban sprawl, a list of web links to planning web sites, and resources to search for and order planning reports.

Smart Growth Network
http://smartgrowth.org
The Smart Growth Network, whose goal is to encourage development to better serve the economic, environmental, and social needs of communities, offers diverse information on sustainable urban design and the cost of urban sprawl as well as networking resources.

Sustainable Sources
http://www.greenbuilder.com/
A list of links to sustainable development resources including environmentally friendly housing design concepts, a directory of sustainable development professionals, conference listings, and commercial sites.

U.S. Department of Energy and Public Technology, Inc.
http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/freshstart/articles/ptipub.htm
A downloadable version of Sustainable Building Technical Manual: Green Building Design, Construction and Operations provides guidance in designing, building and maintaining environmentally friendly buildings.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
http://training.fws.gov/
The National Conservation Training Center offers diverse curricula in conservation education for natural resource professionals from all sectors.

Urban Land Institute
http://www.uli.org
The homepage of the Urban Land Institute, an organization with a mission to provide responsible leadership in the use of land towards enhancing the environment, offers design resources for housing, retail, office, and transportation development.

 

Databases and Bibliographies

American Water Resources Association Cahaba/Warrior Student Chapter
http://www.eng.ua.edu/~awra/download.htm
Two extensive databases are available for download from this site: a literature review containing more than 4,000 references on urban runoff issues and management prepared by Dr. Robert Pitt; and water quality data from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environmental Protection Agency's National Urban Runoff Program.

Natural Resource Defense Council
http://www.nrdc.org/land/forests/roads/chap6.asp
Chapter 6 of the on-line publication The End of the Road provides an annotated bibliography of scientific studies investigating the influences of roads and logging on aquatic ecosystems.

North Carolina State University Water Quality Group
http://h2osparc.wq.ncsu.edu/biblio/
The North Carolina Water Quality Group provides an on-line, searchable Bibliography of Non-point Source Literature. This bibliography contains current publications dealing specifically with non-point issues including urban runoff.

Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
http://www.pathnet.org/

PATH offers an on-line, searchable database of information about technical innovations in residential construction and the housing industry. Each entry also contains a review of how the technology contributes to improving the house's quality, durability, energy efficiency and environmental performance.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Library
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/biblios.html
The National Agriculture Library Water Quality Bibliography List contains short, on-line bibliographies of current water resources research and publications with topics including nonpoint source pollution issues and constructed wetlands.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/OST/stormwater/
The Office of Water provides an on-line version of the "Preliminary Data Summary of Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices," a study conducted to explore the use of best management practices within the "Effluent Guidelines." The report includes a link to the Agency's National Stormwater Best Management Practice Database.

U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Highway Administration
http://ma.water.usgs.gov/FHWA/
An on-line searchable bibliography of over 2,500 citations pertinent to urban and highway runoff quality and management including data and scientific studies is provided.

University of California Berkeley
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/
The Berkeley Water Resources Center Archives contain an on-line, searchable collection of published and archival material, photos and maps covering such topics as freshwater quality, supply, development, wastewater treatment and wetlands.

Water Librarian's Homepage
http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/waterlib.html
A list of links to water-related databases, mailing lists, water agencies and international/regional water issues as well as links to library resources involving water.

 

Monitoring and Modeling

American Society of Civil Engineers
http://www.bmpdatabase.org
The Society and the Environmental Protection Agency provide an on-line, searchable database of over 90 studies evaluating the effectiveness of various stormwater best management practices for surface water quality protection

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/
The Service's Water Science and Technology Services home page provides information and resources on water quality topics including irrigation and waste water management, water and wind erosion, and water quality assessment and monitoring.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/iris/intro.htm

The Office of Research and Development provides an on-line, searchable database containing information on the health effects from exposure to various chemicals found within the environment.

 

Pollution Prevention

U.S. Department of the Navy Environmental Department
http://www.nfesc.navy.mil
A list of links to the Navy's pollution prevention program includes information about equipment, implementation, and planning. Also included is the Joint Service Pollution Prevention (P2) Library, a searchable database of prevention documents.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/p2home
The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics homepage contains information on the office's innovative pollution prevention policy framework, programs and initiatives, technical assistance, and federal and state resources.

 

Research

American Forests
http://www.americanforests.org/
The American Forests homepage includes news, links, publications and information on the use of trees to protect the environment. Included in the site is a link to the Trees, Cities and Sprawl section which contains information and resources on urban forestry and resource protection.

Center for Watershed Protection's Stormwater Center
http://www.stormwatercenter.net/
The Stormwater Center offers resources to assist decision-makers and the public on stormwater management issues. Resources include publications and manuals, slide shows, ordinance information, monitoring and assessment methods, and best management practices factsheets.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
http://www.cce.cornell.edu/onondaga/fingerlakeslan/default.htm
Information and design suggestions needed to landscape property in a manner that reduces the risk of pollution to surface waters are presented. The information is oriented towards the Finger Lakes, New York region but applicable to many other areas.

Dakota County, Minnesota, Soil and Water Conservation District http://www.dakotacountyswcd.org/lid_fs.htm
The conservation district offers an introductory overview of low impact design concepts for urban development. The overview provides information and diagrams on low impact design techniques used in minimizing the effect of urbanization on surface water resources.

Western Resource Advocates (formerly Land and Water Fund of the Rockies) http://www.westernresourceadvocates.org/
The structural facility of The Center, located in Boulder, Colorado, was designed with the goal of minimum environmental impact. An on-line project summary entitled "Urban Stormwater Control Project" details the best management practices that were used for stormwater management.

Herbert Dreiseitl Design
http://www.dreiseitl.de/en/index.html
The homepage of Herbert Dreiseitl Design, a German design firm specializing in ecological urban design including such techniques as the integration of green roofs, solar energy, and urban water systems.

Horne Engineering Services
http://www.horne.com/Landscap.htm
An on-line article is made available by Horne Environmental Services entitled "Reducing Pollution and Enhancing Wildlife Habitat through Conservation Landscaping."

North Carolina Water Supply Watershed Administrators
http://h2o.ehnr.state.nc.us/wswp/SL/wint2000.PDF
Streamlines is an on-line, downloadable newsletter for water resources professionals. This link provides access to an issue published in January of 2000 containing an article entitled "Low Impact Development Design."

U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
http://hydrolab.arsusda.gov/wdc/arswater.html
The Research Service makes available an on-line, searchable database of hydrological data from their monitoring projects around the country. The hydrological data is provided with sufficient detail to reconstruct storm hydrographs. Additional links to the Service's study watersheds are provided as well.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/owow/estuaries/coastlines/summer98/jordancove.html
An Office of Water on-line update of the joint Environmental Protection Agency and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Jordan Cove watershed project. This project involves the long-term comparison of a conventional residential development with one supporting best management practices for urban runoff management.

University of Maryland Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
http://www.ence.umd.edu/~apdavis/Bioret.htm
In addition to basic information on bioretention, this link provides information and contacts for a study on the effectiveness of bioretention on pollutant removal conducted by the Maryland Department of Environmental Protection and Dr. Alan Davis of the University of Maryland.

University of Virginia
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~enqstorm/pdf/ultraBMP.pdf
 "Field Monitoring and Evaluation of Stormwater Ultra-Urban BMPs".  The publication is a study of the effectiveness of the vault/reservoir structure best management practice for stormwater management conducted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Washington State Department of Transportation
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/environment/wqec/default.htm
The research site of the Washington State Department of Transportation offers information on the research goals and projects of the department including the impacts of transportation facilities and methods on water resources. The site also offers a searchable database of the Department's published reports.

 

Outreach, Job Training, Education and Finance

Bridges to Friendship
http://www.earthvision.net/bridges/
The homepage to the Bridges to Friendship program describes the innovative partnership between the U.S. Navy Yard and the greater south Washington, D.C. neighborhood oriented towards community improvement, sustainable development and restoration along the Anacostia River.

Center for Chesapeake Communities
http://www.chesapeakecommunities.org/hampstead2.5.html
As part of an on-line environmental review of the Town of Hampstead, Maryland, by the center, section III of the review provides an overview of low impact development practices and issues for urban communities.

Friends of the Rappahannock River, Virginia
"Growing Greener in Your Rappahannock River Watershed" includes a discussion of the economic and environmental benefits of environmentally friendly development within the watershed.
Friends of Rappahannock http://for.communitypoint.org/
Nat'l Park Service Rivers & Trails Programs 

National Agricultural Library Water Quality Information Center
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/#1
This site offers on-line, searchable databases of publications related to water quality. Additionally, it offers links to current academic and scientific databases containing literature citations and references.

Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Organization
http://nemo.uconn.edu/
The homepage of the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) organization provides information and technical assistance, publications, and slide shows on land use and water quality topics, with an emphasis on the influence of imperviousness in the landscape.

North Carolina Water Quality Supply Administrators
http://h2o.ehnr.state.nc.us/wswp/SL/index.html
" Streamlines" is an on-line, downloadable informational newsletter for North Carolina water supply administrators, planners, land developers and citizens containing information on protecting water quality.

University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center
http://www.efc.umd.edu

The Environmental Finance Center provides technical assistance and support to communities seeking financing for environmental protection projects.

Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Pierce County http://www.pierce.wsu.edu/Water_Quality/index.htm
The cooperative extension provides education, outreach and training for a variety of issues related to water quality and environment resource protection, including stormwater management and low impact development.

 

Other Sites with Stormwater Links

Hydrology Web
http://etd.pnl.gov:2080/hydroweb.html
The Hydrology Web site is a comprehensive list of links to hydrology information and resources including such topics as hydrology companies, conferences, projects, research, and publications.

University of Central Florida Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
http://www.cee.engr.ucf.edu/classes/cwr4101/old/links.htm
This site presents a comprehensive list of links and web resources assembled by a university hydrology class in the Spring of 1997. The list includes links to other university programs as well as annotated links to hydrology and water information.

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
http://www.soe.uoguelph.ca/webfiles/wjames/
Professor Bill James, a stormwater management and engineering educator at the University of Guelph, provides links to general and technical on-line stormwater resources as well as his courses, publications, and current research.

 

Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest Resources

City of Lacey
http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/
The City of Lacey's Zero Effect Drainage Discharge Ordinance (Title 14.31), an ordinance aimed at removing the effect of impervious surfaces on water resources, is found in the Title 14 Section of the City of Lacey Municipal Code.

City of Olympia Department of Public Works
http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/publicworks/default.asp
The Impervious Surface Reduction Study demonstrates the effect of reducing connected impervious areas in sensitive watersheds.

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
http://www.cleanrivers-pdx.org/
Information about
Portland's Clean River Works, including: a stormwater management manual, guidance on best management practices, and information on local watersheds.

City of Seattle
http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/util/surfacewater/bmp/default.htm
Information on simple and effective best management practices for homeowners and businesses provided by the Seattle Public Utilities. The information includes everyday tips to protecting surface water.

King County, Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr
The Department's Water and Land Resources Division offers information on county programs and services for the protection of aquatic resources including publications, information by watershed, and links to environmental organizations.

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
http://www.mba-ks.com/public/tmg_t1.cfm?SectionID=5
This link provides information on the Association's Built Green Program, a program oriented towards educating builders and home buyers about environmentally friendly home construction methods and practices.

Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team
http://www.psat.wa.gov/
Resources on protecting the water quality and biological resources of
Puget Sound. Programs include pollution prevention, natural resource protection, stormwater management, public education and involvement, and research.

Snohomish County, Department of Public Works
http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/publicwk/swm/index.htm
This site provides information about the Department's Surface Water Management Program with links to services and information for protecting surface water quality and stream habitat and minimizing damage from flooding and erosion.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10
http://www.epa.gov/region10
The Region 10 homepage provides general information on their resources as well as links to their programs. This site also includes regularly updated information on environmental issues in the local news.

University of British Columbia Sustainable Communities
http://www.sustainable-communities.agsci.ubc.ca/
Resource Guide on sustainable community design including publications, research, and design projects

University of Washington Center for Urban Water Resources
http://depts.washington.edu/cuwrm
Publications, links, and research containing extensive studies on the effects of urbanization, best management practices, and habitat. Also included are links to other publications and resources including the City of Olympia's Impervious Surface Reduction Study and presentation abstracts from the Salmon in the City Conference.

Washington Organic Recycling Council's Soils for Salmon Program
http://www.soilsforsalmon.org
The Program's web site offers introductory information and links to publications highlighting the use of compost amendments to soils for preventing degradation of water quality and salmon habitat as a result of development.

Washington State Department of Ecology
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wqhome.html
This site offers background information on water quality issues as well as the Stormwater Management Manual for
Western Washington, technical information, and sustainability resources. Additionally, links to other organizations, newsletters, and community outreach resources are provided.

Washington State Department of Transportation
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ppsc/research/rpage.htm
Research projects and publications on stormwater management are provided for transportation projects.

Washington State Office of Community Development http://www.cted.wa.gov/DesktopDefault.aspx
OCD's homepage includes links to information and programs for financial and technical assistance to help build livable and sustainable communities.

Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Pierce County http://www.pierce.wsu.edu/Water_Quality/index.htm
The cooperative extension provides education, outreach and training for a variety of issues related to water quality and environment resource protection, including stormwater management and low impact development.

Salmon Recovery under the Endangered Species Act

National Marine Fisheries Service
http://www.nwr.noaa.gov
The Northwest Regional Office homepage provides information on the Endangered Species Act including details of the salmon listing and recovery planning. Additional links are provided to information on endangered marine mammals.

Tri-County Salmon Information Center
http://www.salmoninfo.org
The Center's homepage is a comprehensive site containing objective information and links on the recovery efforts for endangered salmon. Information on getting involved is provided for the public.

Washington Conservation Commission
http://www.scc.wa.gov/
Provides updates and information on the status of the efforts to identify habitat-limiting factors affecting salmon in Washington's water resources inventory areas.

Washington State Governor's Salmon Recovery Office
http://www.governor.wa.gov/gsro/default.htm
The Salmon Recovery Office was created to coordinate and produce a statewide salmon strategy for
Washington as well as assist in regional plan development. This site provides information, publications, and updates on Washington's salmon recovery efforts.

 

About Links Page

This list was initially prepared for the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team LID conference held in July 2001. The Low Impact Development Center worked with the Action Team to put together materials for a regional conference on LID that was attended by over 400 people. The Action Team's LID web site at http://www.psat.wa.gov/Programs/LID.htm has conference proceedings and presentations on LID issues and techniques, an LID PowerPoint presentation, an LID brochure, and presentations on riparian zones and aquatic resource protection, Smart Growth, and cutting edge water resource projects. The site contain lots of great information on water resource programs and techniques.

The LID Center has continued to update and maintain this page as often as possible. We recommend doing a general internet search if you are looking for something in particular. We know that links change over time. If you find a link that no longer works please send us an email to let us know.