This implementation strategy document is the City of Clarkesville’s, a small yet fast-growing community, green infrastructure plan. The EPA worked with the city to develop an implementation strategy, including: 1) goals and objectives, based on the city’s current and future needs, 2) a comprehensive prioritization of parcels throughout the city to identify opportunities for further evaluation, and 3) site-specific design recommendations, including illustrations and descriptions of potential green infrastructure practices. The EPA used Tetra Tech’s Green Infrastructure Opportunity Checklist Tool to identify opportunities for improving the City of Clarksville’s Zoning Ordinance to encourage implementation of green infrastructure by developers, property owners, and other parties. Funding sources were reviewed, and leveraging amongst diverse sources was considered in relation to the city’s interests and site-specific opportunities. The recommended strategy is summarized in a 6-step process. By outlining goals, priorities, code improvements, project opportunities, and funding sources, the City of Clarksville’s strategy provides a model approach for small, unregulated communities to successfully pursue green infrastructure.
This is a step-by-step how-to guide for creating a watershed management plan. This case study looks at how urban, rural, and riparian forests are critical to protecting water quality and reducing flooding in watersheds. Sustainable urban forest ecosystems provide benefits to not only the waters of a community, but also to the overall quality of life. Trees are a community’s green infrastructure, yet watershed councils are often unaware of how much of a role urban forests play in providing watershed benefits.