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G/FLRPC's Green Infrastructure Resource Guide is envisioned to be a comprehensive compendium of resources for municipal officials and employees, land use professionals, consultants, planning and zoning board members, and all others who would like to learn more about green stormwater infrastructure.  New entries and links to existing entries may be added over time and as they become available.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, green infrastructure—at the largest scale—is the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands).  Green infrastructure practices, on a smaller scale, include rain gardens, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.  Altogether, green infrastructure is a set of management approaches and technologies that utilize, enhance, and/or mimic the natural hydrologic processes of infiltration, evapotranspiration, and water reuse.  (See:  http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=298.)

This resource guide contains the following sections that are geared on the majority towards New York State users:

1.  Online Resources:  This section provides a list of federal, New York State, regional, and local agencies' and organizations' websites that provide basic information about green stormwater infrastructure such as the general policies and benefits.

2.  Publications:  This section provides a list of documents and other written media by federal, New York State, regional, and local agencies and organizations about technical information such as fact sheets and design guidance.

3.  Green Infrastructure Practices This section provides green infrastructure planning practices such as the preservation of natural features of the site and reduction of proposed impervious cover and green infrastructure techniques such as vegetated swales and rain gardens.  This outline is based on Chapter 5 of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual.  Some of these sections are being developed.  New entries and links to existing entries may be added over time and as they become available.

4.  Funding Opportunities:  This section provides a brief summary of sources of funding and funding tools for the implementation of green infrastructure practices.

5.  Trainings and Workshops: This section provides a brief summary of certification and training programs for the implementation of green infrastructure practices.

 

*Some sections are being developed.  New entries and links to existing entries may be added over time and as they become available.

 

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Last Modified:  September 30, 2010