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Water: Polluted Runoff

Model Ordinances to Prevent and Control Nonpoint Source Pollution

Many communities across the nation are facing challenges associated with natural resource degradation due to rapid growth and development. Local governments need to have legal authorities in place to shape development and to protect resources. This web site helps local governments by providing the necessary information needed to develop effective resource protection ordinances.

This web site includes model ordinances to serve as a template for those charged with making decisions concerning growth and environmental protection. For each model ordinance listed, there are several real -life examples of ordinances used by local and state governments around the nation. The ordinances address matters that are often forgotten in many local codes, including aquatic buffers, erosion and sediment control, open space development, stormwater control operation and maintenance, illicit discharges, and post construction controls. There is also a miscellaneous category containing ordinances that don't fit into these sections. In addition, this web site has materials that support particular ordinances, such as maintenance agreements and inspection checklists.

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