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New Smart Growth and Stormwater Publications

February 10, 2006

New Smart Growth and Stormwater Publications

There are three new publications that will be of interest to stormwater managers at the local and state level.

  • Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development (EPA publication 231-R-06-001) -- The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the U.S. population will grow by 50 million people, or approximately 18 percent, between 2000 and 2020. This study is designed to help communities better understand the impacts of higher and lower density on water resources. The findings indicated that low-density development may not always be the preferred strategy for protecting water resources. Higher densities may better protect water quality - especially at the lot level and watershed scale.
  • Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices (EPA publication 231-B-05-00) -- This publication reviews nine common smart growth techniques and examines how they can be used to prevent or manage stormwater runoff. This publication will help communities encourage smart growth and meet the new regulatory requirements.
  • Parking Spaces/Community Places: Finding the Balance through Smart Growth Solutions (EPA publication 231-K-06-001) -- This report highlights proven approaches that balance parking with broader community goals. An oversupply of unnecessary parking wastes money and creates places that degrade water quality and encourage excess driving and air emissions. The highlighted solutions cover a range of supply management, demand management, and pricing strategies. Communities have found that combinations of parking pricing, shared parking, demand management, and other techniques have helped them create vibrant places while protecting environmental quality and still providing for necessary vehicle storage.

 

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