Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST)

Allows users to develop and compare scenarios using various best management practices within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Author: US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

Date published: Ongoing

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

Inspired by and written for local government leaders, this manual attempts to demystify public sector financing in general and stormwater financing in particular.

Author: University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2014

Measurable Goals Guidance for Phase II Small MS4s

Guidance document designed to help small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) operators comply with permitting requirements, specifically the development of "measurable goals" by which pollution control m

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2016

National Stormwater Quality Database (NSQD)

Searchable database of water quality data based on land use, state, EPA "rain zone," and other criteria.

Author: US EPA, Center for Watershed Protection, et al

Date published: 2015

Rooftops to Rivers II

Update to NRDC's seminal 2006 publication. Profiles 14 geographically diverse cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges.

Author: Natural Resources Defense Council 

Date published: 2013

The Clean Water Program Guidebook Series for Prince George's County Municipalities: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

This guidebook provides municipal program administrators and staff with practical information to help in the implementation of clean water actions.

Author: Prince George's County Department of the Environment

Date published: 2017

Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

Provides a preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources in the United States.

Author: US Climate Change Science Program

Date published: 2008

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

Helps state and territorial coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts and consequences of climate variability.

Author: NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Date published: 2011

America's Climate Choices: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

Calls for a national adaptation strategy to support and coordinate decentralized efforts.

Author: National Research Council

Date published: 2010

Asset Management for Stormwater

Primer on maintaining stormwater infrastructure with an "asset management" approach, which involves thinking about community assets in a strategic way so that they are sustained over the long term at the lowest

Author: Southwest Environmental Finance Center; New England Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2016

Auditing Your Town's Development Code for Barriers to Sustainable Water Management

An issue brief intended for town officials who want to understand how development regulations in their community affect local water resources.  

Author: New England Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2013

Better Site Design: A Handbook for Changing Development Rules in Your Community

Presents a framework and step-by-step process for adapting local development rules so that they protect water quality, preserve natural areas, and maintain quality of life in communities.

Author: Center for Watershed Protection

Date published: 1998

CAST How-To Guide

This simple “How-To” document walks you through 10 scoping questions that can be used to determine what information is in the Phase 6 Chesapeake Watershed Model for your community and help you build an effective

Author: Olivia Devereux and David Wood

Date published: 2018

Chesapeake Bay Midpoint Assessment Progress website

Shares information on progress toward implementing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, which was enacted in 2010 and applies to six states and the District of Columbia.

Author: US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

Date published: Ongoing

City of Lewes Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan

This Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan from the City of Lewes, Deleware, serves as a good model of integrating hazard mitigation and climate adaptation in a local planning document.

Author: City of Lewes, DE

Date published: 2011

Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

Provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning.

Author: EPA

Date published: 2011

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

Introduces key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and reviews on-the-ground adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Author: Climate Ready Estuaries Program, US EPA

Date published: 2009

Connecting CSO Abatement and Sustainability Planning

Describes the experience of communities around the country that have explicitly or implicitly connected sustainability planning with combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement efforts.

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2014

Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A Guide for Construction Sites

Guidance document for use by construction site operators to develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan in order to receive NPDES permit coverage for stormwater discharges.

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2007

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Management

Elevated fecal indicator bacteria levels remain the most frequent cause of water quality impairment in streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches and drinking water supplies across the U.S.

Author: Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Date published: 2018

Federal Regulatory Programs: MS4s, CSOs, and TMDLs

Part of EPA’s GI clearinghouse, this website contains a comprehensive list of resources and discussions on integrating green infrastructure into federal regulatory programs for municipal separate storm sewer sys

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Getting Smart About Climate Change

Outlines nine strategies for successfully applying smart growth principles to climate concerns on the local and regional levels.

Author: International City/County Management Association and the Smart Growth Network

Date published: 2011

Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations

This document provides local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities with approaches to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces.

Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Date published: 2015

Harnessing Nature: The Ecosystem Approach to Climate-Change Preparedness

Describes the strategy of "harnessing nature" -- preserving and rebuilding green infrastructure such as floodplains, wetlands, and forests -- as an essential, viable, and cost-effective approach to climate chang

Author: Defenders of Wildlife

Date published: 2012

Incorporating Environmentally Sensitive Development into Municipal Stormwater Programs

Factsheet for local stormwater managers seeking to encourage or require low impact development practices to meet stormwater goals.

Author: EPA

Date published: 2008

Integrating Resilience into Local Capital Improvement Programs: Best Practices for Maryland’s Eastern Shore Communities

This document presents best practices for embedding climate risk assessments into capital improvement planning processes at the municipal and county level, as a cost-effective means of building community resilience to climate-related threats.

Author: University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2018

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report

Presents findings from a project in which US EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders in Iowa to determine how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated in

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2011

Issue Brief: Auditing Your Town’s Development Code for Barriers to Sustainable Water Management

This issue brief informs local officials about how development regulations in their community affect local water resources.  Municipal development codes control the built environment and can have a great influence on ways in which water is transported, collected or absorbed.

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2013

Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World

Landmark book presenting a framework for community leadership in a shared-power world.  Practical resource for local leaders of all kinds.

Author: Barbara C. Crosby, John M. Bryson

Date published: 2005

LID Strategies and Tools for NPDES Phase II Communities 

Shares ideas to assist stormwater Phase II communities in integrating low impact development (LID) strategies into their compliance programs. 

Author: Low Impact Development Center, US EPA

Date published: 2012

Local Climate and Energy Strategy Guide - Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Describes how smart growth strategies can help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2010

Mainstreaming Sea Level Rise Preparedness in Local Planning and Policy on Maryland's Eastern Shore

This report provides local government leaders and staff with data, analyses, policy options, and implementation guidance in reference to risks associated with the combination of sea level rise and coastal storm flooding to help communities form policies and practices that will reduce their risk.

Author: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Date published: 2019

Olympia, WA Sea Level Rise Planning Case Study

Summarizes a project of the City of Olympia's Public Works Department to respond to sea level rise as part of the City's hazard mitigation planning process.

Author: Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

Date published: 2010

Planners and Climate Action: An Approach for Communities

Brief overview of responsibilities that local officials must face to ensure that their towns are adequately prepared for the coming challenges.

Author: Maine Policy Review

Date published: 2008

Prioritizing Local Climate Adaptation through Regional Collaboration on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Focused on the Eastern Shore region of Maryland, this white paper makes the case that preparing for and adapting to climate change impacts should be a priority for local governments.

Author: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Date published: 2017

Residential Coastal Construction Manual

Prepared by FEMA with assistance from other agencies, organizations, and professionals involved in coastal construction and regulation, this manual is intended to help designers and contractors identify and eval

Author: FEMA

Date published: 2011

Rooftops to Rivers

Seminal policy guide for decision-makers looking to implement green strategies for stormwater management.

Author: Natural Resources Defense Council 

Date published: 2006

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

Describes how proactive hazard mitigation planning can help local governments reduce risk; create safer communities; and invest in the community’s future safety, equity, and sustainability.

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2013

Stormwater Innovation

This paper reviews innovations and lessons learned in stormwater programs in Prince George’s County, MD and the District of Columbia and goes in depth to look at Montgomery County’s (MD) current approach.

Author: Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Date published: 2018

Summary of the Clean Water Act

This EPA website includes a summary description of the federal Clean Water Act as well as links to resources for more in-depth information on history, compliance, enforcement.

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Top Ten Green Infrastructure Issues in Plans and Codes: Common Problems and Tested Solutions

Slides from a webinar presentation about how to recognize and overcome barriers to GI / LID in local codes and ordinances.

Author: Tetra Tech

Date published: Undated

Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice

Builds on NOAA's Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) which attempted to promote broader and longer-term thinking about a changing climate and the effects on the emergency management community.

Author: FEMA

Date published: 2013

Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation

Reviews the relationship between urban planning and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a key component of climate change, provides characteristics of GHG decision support tools, and evaluates the strengths and li

Author: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Date published: 2009

Urban Stormwater Management in the United States

Presents findings from a review of the federal stormwater regulatory program and contends that a dramatically different way of regulating stormwater is needed in order to stop and reverse water quality degradati

Author: National Research Council of the National Academies

Date published: 2009