Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities’ water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The result is decaying or outdated infrastructure… Read more »

Staying Green: Joint Reports on Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay

April 2013 Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart

A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action Download the Executive Summary Download Full Report Download the Strategy Toolbox Watch the Webinar Download the Webinar Slides In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to… Read more »

Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality

Download Permitting Green Infrastructure [PDF] Like many sources of water pollution, stormwater generally falls under the prohibitions and requirements created by the federal Clean Water Act.  For over a dozen years, these  requirement have found their way into permits for municipal storm sewer systems.  Unfortunately, these permits have not done enough to stem the flow… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS)

Download the GIPS guide (PDF) The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide provides a framework for the long term and predictable implementation of green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure, like green roofs and rain gardens, is a cost effective way to reduce urban and suburban water pollution. However, establishing these practices in dense urban environments can be… Read more »

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »

The Value of Green Infrastructure

Download the Full Report (PDF) “The Value of Green Infrastructure” provides a framework to help communities measure and value the air quality, energy use, and many other benefits that green infrastructure provides. It allows communities to more accurately compare different infrastructure investments and choose the option that provides the greatest long-term benefit. Green Infrastructure for… Read more »

Clean Water for Maryland: Local Ordinances for Environmental Site Design

Read the full report Introduction Decades of rapid development and suburban sprawl throughout Maryland have burdened the state’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters with increasing amounts of polluted stormwater runoff. In 2007, the state took a major step towards reversing this growing threat by passing a law requiring the use of Environmental Site Design (ESD)… Read more »