Water: Green Infrastructure
What are EPA's Partners Doing to Support Green Infrastructure
EPA has three tiers of public and private partners committed to expanding the implementation of green infrastructure. While our partner organizations support EPA in identifying and removing the barriers to green infrastructure, our partner communities lead by example, and the signatories of our Statement of Support endorse and promote green infrastructure.
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- The Value of Green Infrastructure - American Rivers, in conjunction with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, released a publication titled "The Values of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing its Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits." The guide outlines the benefits of green infrastructure for communities to consider as they look to update aging gray infrastructure.
- Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances - American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances and provide sound recommendations to planning commissions and legislative bodies to reduce hard surfaces; create incentives to implement low impact development techniques such as rain gardens, bioretention, and green roofs; and protect buffers.
- Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure Practices - These dual reports highlight the economic benefits of using green infrastructure to manage wet weather in the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lake Regions.
- Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure (PDF) (44 pp, 4.5MB, About PDF) - This report looks at critical water infrastructure needs and comprehensive approaches for addressing and financing them.
- Stormwater Communications Research and Tutorial - After conducting a series of workshops, American Rivers developed this tutorial on how to develop a message about stormwater that will prompt local leaders to take action.
- Siting Green Infrastructure: Legal and Policy Solutions To Alleviate Urban Poverty and Promote Healthy Communities – This Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review article penned by ACWA's Executive Director discusses green infrastructure's role in alleviating urban poverty.
- Urban Design Tools - This site provides watershed managers with a new set of tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, re-development projects, and new development sites.
- Rain Garden Design Templates – This site displays a series of rain garden, or bioretention, design templates that can be used by landscape architects, landscape contractors, and garden clubs.
- NACWA Applauds Introduction of Green Infrastructure Legislation in Senate
- NACWA Urges the Administration to Call for Greater Investment in Water Infrastructure
- Investigation of the Feasibility and Benefits of Low-Impact Site Design Practices Applied to meet Various Stormwater Runoff Regulatory Standards (PDF) (52 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF) - This report commissioned by NRDC for the EPA examines the feasibility of meeting five different regulatory standards in four different climate regions. For each climate region, 10 scenarios are examined, representing five development types and two soil types.
- Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond - This report from NRDc's Water Program and Center for Market Innovation evaluates how cities can attract private financing for stormwater retrofits to fund more green infrastructure projects and reduce the required amount of public investment.
- Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops - This report presents the potential of rainwater harvesting to provide a significant source of non-potable water for urban areas while also reducing polluted stormwater runoff.
- Rooftops to Rivers II - NRDC's Rooftops to Rivers II report provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges; simultaneously finding beneficial uses for stormwater, reducing pollution, saving money, and beautifying cityscapes.
- Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows - This May 2006 report is a policy guide for decision makers looking to implement green strategies in their own area, including nine case studies of cities that have successfully used green techniques to create a healthier urban environment.
- A Clear Blue Future: How Greening California Cities Can Address Water Resources and Climate Challenges in the 21st Century – This report prepared by NRDC and University of California-Santa Barbara finds that implementing green infrastructure practices in new and redeveloped residential and commercial properties in parts of California can dramatically increase water supplies, providing an effective way to mitigate the impacts of climate change on California's water resources.
- Stormwater Symposium 2012 - Learn more about the planning necessary to integrate decentralized stormwater controls for combined sewer overflow management.
- Online Education – WEF offers several archived webcasts on green infrastructure
- Green Infrastructure Barriers (PDF) (3 pp, 512K, About PDF)– This letter to the Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management describes the most significant barriers to the implementation of green infrastructure and suggests several solutions.
Silk Tree Gardens (commercial)
Charles River Watershed Association
Coalition for Alternative Wastewater Treatment
Green Street Systems LLC
Conservation Law Foundation
West River Watershed Alliance
Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey
Garden Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Passaic River Institute of Montclair State University
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Natural Systems Engineering
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division, Water Bureau of Water Permits
American Institute of Architects
American Public Works Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Landscape Architects
Association of Clean Water Administrators
Clean Water Action
Environmental Integrity Project
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP)
National Association of Water Companies
National Audubon Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Landscape Architecture Foundation
U.S. Green Building Council
Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, Inc.
Center for Watershed Protection
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition
The Low Impact Development Center
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities
County of Henrico
The Conservation Fund
Water Environment Federation
Wet Weather Partnership
Alachua County, Florida
City of Mount Dora
Florida Chapter of the National Association of Home Inspectors
City of Winterhaven
Green Connection US
City of Austell, Department of Public Works
The Rain Harvest Company
Aqua Pro Solutions LLC
Progressive Design and Planning
Cumberland River Compact
Harpeth River Watershed Association
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Center for Neighborhood Technology
GreenGrid/Weston Solutions, Inc.
International Society of Arboriculture
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
D2 Land and Water Resource
Williams Creek Consulting
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Gulf Restoration Network
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
City of Dallas, Department of Aviation
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
The Rain Conservatory of Texas
Watershed Management Group
Bay Area Clean Water Agencies
California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Center for Water and Land Use at UC Davis Extension
Council for Watershed Health
Orange County Coastkeeper
Rana Creek, Living Architecture
Santa Monica Baykeeper
City of Boise
City of Oregon City
City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies
Green Futures lab, University of Washington