Rutgers University New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Water Resources Program, Northeast States and Caribbean Islands Regional Water Center, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
Information about a program developed to provide students in New Jersey with an opportunity to apply their science, math, and communication skills to real-world environmental problems, including the design and installation of a rain garden at their school. The program provides educational lectures, hands-on activities, and community-level outreach for students on the topics of water quality issues and stormwater management practices such as rain gardens and rain barrels. It aims to increase students’ environmental awareness as they go forth and teach others in their communities about the importance of water quality and quantity. The website contains links to summaries and photos of schools in New Jersey that have taken part in the program.
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Information about a wetland system known as the Staten Island Bluebelt, the role of wetlands in stormwater management, and how residents can get involved in the effort to maintain the Bluebelt and protect it from pollution.
Fischbach, Jordan R., Lempert, Robert J., Molina-Perez, Edmundo, Tariq, Abdul Ahad, Finucane, Melissa L., Hoss, Frauke
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), together with its state and local partners, develops watershed implementation plans designed to meet total maximum daily load (TMDL) water quality standards. Uncertainty regarding the impacts of climate change, future land use, the effectiveness of best management practices, and other drivers may make it difficult for these implementation plans to meet water quality goals. But the methods and processes used to develop implementation plans typically do not address uncertainty in these key drivers of change. In this study, RAND researchers explored how Robust Decision Making (RDM) methods could help USEPA and its partners develop implementation plans that are more robust to such uncertainty. Through two pilot case studies — one on the Patuxent River in Maryland and one on the North Farm Creek tributary of the Illinois River — this study shows how analytic RDM methods can be used to identify future vulnerabilities in TMDL implementation plans and suggest appropriate responses. In both case studies, proposed plans meet their water quality goals under current assumptions, but do not meet water quality goals in many climate and other futures. The study finds that modified plans and adaptive management approaches can often reduce these vulnerabilities. Moving forward, USEPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting TMDL implementation plans that are robust and flexible.
Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District
A website with access to free educational pamphlets, information sheets, and activities for residents, businesses, and schools on the impacts of stormwater runoff and on actions people can take to manage stormwater and reduce pollution.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
A desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners.
A manual that provides designers with a general overview on how to size, design, select, and locate stormwater management practices at a development site to comply with State stormwater performance standards. This manual is a key component of the Phase II State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit for stormwater runoff from construction activities from all sizes of disturbance. The 2015 updates include the addition of pond safety provisions in Chapter 6, updated isohyet maps in Chapter 4 and clarification of sizing criteria in Chapters 3, 4, 9, and 10 to be consistent with recent changes to Construction General Permit (GP-0-15-002).
Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds; National Estuary Program
A handbook designed to assist coastal municipalities within the Massachusetts Bays Program(MassBays) area to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning as they respond to MS4 stormwater permit requirements, review development proposals, and retrofit existing municipal facilities and sites. The Handbook can also be applied more broadly by municipal infrastructure and resource managers located in other States to provide them with a proven approach to planning for green infrastructure implementation including a process for: 1) watershed assessment, 2) site identification and prioritization, 3) site planning, 4) selecting appropriate green infrastructure practices, 5) developing conceptual plans, and 6) effective plan review.