City-wide long range land use plan for Detroit - includes green and blue infrastructure elements
This report explores the use of green infrastructure to reduce energy and infrastructure costs, control stormwater runoff and improve public health. It provides a collection of cost-effective solutions based on communities' experiences and analysis.
The sixth initiative under PlaNYC's Water Quality goal calls for an Interagency Best Management Practices (BMP) Task Force to coordinate stormwater planning issues. Formed in May 2007, the Task Force brings together all relevant City agencies to analyze ways to incorporate source control stormwater management techniques, known as BMPs, into the design and construction of both public and private projects to reduce pollution from untreated discharges and combined sewer overflows.
The Task Force released a Draft Plan on October 1, 2008 and accepted public comments until October 31, 2008. The Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan is the culmination of the Task Force's efforts. The plan, its appendices, and all earlier documents are available for download as PDF files.
The Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to allocate nearly $547 million in grants for acid mine drainage abatement, mine cleanup efforts, abandoned oil and gas well plugging and local watershed-based conservation projects. These grants are available to a variety of eligible applicants, including: counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; watershed organizations; and other organizations involved in the restoration and protection of Pennsylvania's environment. These grants will support local projects to clean up non-point sources of pollution throughout Pennsylvania.
This page explains the grant application process for urban watershed-related projects.
The Philadelphia Stormwater Management Guidance Manual has been created to assist developers in meeting the requirements of the Philadelphia Stormwater Regulations. The manual is intended to lead developers through the requirements and expectations of PWD in terms of stormwater management. The manual provides guidance for the entire site design process, beginning with initial site design considerations, through the post-construction stormwater management plan submittal elements, and ultimately the acquisition of stormwater plan approval. Tools are provided to assist in completion and submittal of a stormwater management plan consistent with the intent of the City. They include flowcharts to guide the developer through the process, worksheets to assist with calculations, and checklists to ensure the plan is complete. These tools work together to address stormwater management on the development site from concept to completion.
The Watershed Information Center (WIC) is a web-based library of watershed-related information for the Philadelphia region stakeholders.
Philadelphia has operated a diversified program for biosolids disposition, with a strong emphasis on employing the soil enrichment properties of its products. The products meet federal and state standards for stability and for allowable contaminant levels. Approximately 65 percent of Philadelphia's biosolids have been put to recycling programs since 1988.
Information on the urban water cycle and its management by the Philadelphia Water Department.
A master plan for Allentown, PA, adopted by the Allentown City Council on January 21, 2009. The plan addresses economic, environmental, and demographic changes and seeks to capitalize on resources like extensive green space, new business opportunities, and a burgeoning arts community.
Low-interest loans for the remediation of sites that have been contaminated by past industrial or commercial activity and pose a threat to local groundwater or surface water sources (“brownfield”).
PENNVEST actively funds Green Initiatives that promote and encourage environmental responsibility in our communities that are creative and innovative with green solutions for water quality management.
The EPA Protecting Drinking Water Sources project aims to help states work across political and programmatic boundaries to better align planning, economic development, regulation and conservation to protect drinking water sources at the local and watershed levels.
A teaching module prepared by Richard Stehouwer, Department of Agronomy, Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences.
Through "integrated site design," a comprehensive approach to sustainable building and site design, sustainable residential landscape architecture practices can not only decrease energy usage, but also improve water efficiency.
A searchable list, grouped by ZIP code, of Philadelphia's 12,000 publicly owned vacant lots.