From rain barrels to conservation landscaping to tree canopy, Montgomery County, MD has produced a comprehensive handbook with step-by-step instructions on how to implement home-sized stormwater management programs. Most can be implemented by the homeowner; some may require contractor assistance. In cases where contractors are required, the guide lists some of the criteria you might chose to select one.
Philadelphia, long considered a pioneer in green infrastructure and water, maintains a web site that describes their plan, connects to other City goals, provides comprehensive monitoring and progress reporting. It’s worth browsing to learn how their “triple-bottom-line” approach might inform your own.
EPA synthesizes the various ways costs and benefits of gray and green infrastructure can be assessed and compared. A must read for newcomers to the issue; it makes a powerful case, and shows how others can do the same. Complete document offers case studies, tools, calculators and extensive resource materials.
Sites with saline (salty) soils, and those that are exposed to coastal salt spray or de-icing materials challenge tree health, and ultimately those responsible for the tree. This article presents guidelines for planting in salt-compromised sites, and lists saline-resistant species for the mid-Atlantic.
Many different types of tree BMP’s exist. On this website the most prevalent types pertaining to stormwater management are described: tree preservation, bioretention, and paved surfaces.
This toolkit aims to provide municipal managers and decision-makers with a clearer understanding of how to identify opportunities for green infrastructure implementation, which green infrastructure treatments are most suitable for a specific site or purpose, and how to make informed decisions based on reasonable cost estimates.
The Green Build-out Model is a planning tool that quantifies the cumulative stormwater management benefits of trees and green roofs for different coverage assumptions across the District of Columbia. It calculates potential reductions in stormwater runoff within the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) and the combined sewer system (CSS) that contribute to water quality impairment in the Nation’s capital.
Provides guidelines for using low impact development techniques to manage stormwater. Includes information on the local approval process for a project design criteria for various low impact development practices.
The release of the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) in 2012 marked an important milestone in the urban sustainability movement. Hundreds of stakeholders worked together by consensus to deliver a common framework for sustainability with nationally accepted standards for measuring the depth and breadth of the social, economic, and environmental issues that our nation’s cities and counties are facing. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for
This is more than a fact sheet. Included with a description of the BMP, is information on maintenance, costs, design details, benefits, case studies and references.