Resources: Stormwater Publications

Resources: Stormwater Publications

“Catching the Rain: a Great Lakes Resource Guide for Natural Stormwater Management”
by American Rivers
A comprehensive guide with color photos, diagrams, extensive resources and case studies. This resource includes sections on: impervious and conventional Stormwater management, municipal stormwater requirements, managing stormwater with nature, natural stormwater management techniques, and stormwater resources. CatchingTheRain.pdf?docID=163

“The Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual”
by Gayle Killam, River Network
This comprehensive manual includes advice about how to use the Clean Water Act to solve real-world problems, and contains expanded information on Antidegradation, stormwater permits, TMDLs and more. The “Owner’s Manual” explains crucial sections of the Clean Water Act, points out how to get involved in regulatory decisions, and tells local stories of others who’ve done so. References, websites and other resources have been updated. This manual continues to turn legalese and scientific terminology into language you can use. For more information or to order your copy (40$ for non-members)

“Pave It… Or Save It? Volume I: The Environmental, Economic, and Social Impacts of Sprawl”
by Riverkeeper
This report discusses the environmental, economic, and social impacts of sprawl, with an aim to educate citizens and public officials about sprawl and to give them the ammunition necessary to fight sprawl projects in their communities. The report is written in a fact-sheet style, buttressed by numerous legal and scientific citations. The fact sheets, which can be used individually or collectively, cover topics such as sprawl’s impact on wetlands, air quality, taxes, race, and transportation. we_are_doing/1058

“Stormwater Management & Polluted Runoff”
by Tip of the MittWatershed Council This brochure provides water quality stewardship tips for residents and businesses.
To order a print copy visit:

“Stormwater Strategies: Community Responses to Runoff Pollution” CD-ROM
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Stormwater Strategies documents the most effective strategies employed by communities around the country to control urban runoff pollution. CD-ROM includes: case studies on urban runoff management and low-impact-design, contacts,web links, and stormwater resources.
For more information: or (212) 727-2700 or

“Waterways at Risk: How Low-Impact Development Can Reduce Runoff Pollution in Michigan”
by Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s Education Fund and American Rivers
This recent publication includes the following sections: “Restoring the Great Lakes through Local Government,” “Sprawling Development is Polluting MI’s Water,” “MI Watersheds at Risk from Contaminated Runoff,”“Low-Impact Development and Smart Growth Can Prevent Water Pollution,” and “Local Governments Should Promote Low- Impact Development and Smart Growth.”
For more information or to download the full report, please visit:

Resources: Stormwater Websites

Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Project Summaries Available Online All GLAHNF grant recipients including project summaries and contact information are available on-line; the database of past grants is searchable by keyword, state etc. One can find similar projects, groups nearby and more. Visit (under “grants program”‚ choose “grant recipients”)

Imperviousness – Stormwater Systems Toolkit
A project of American Rivers, this electronic toolkit includes federal regulations/laws, stormwater solutions and Stormwater reference materials.

International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Database
This site features technical documents, software and a database to provide scientifically sound information to improve the design,selection and performance of BMPs.

An Internet Guide to Financing Stormwater Management
A project of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), in cooperation with the Watershed Management Institute, Inc, this Guide is designed to help communities find ways to pay for stormwater management projects.

Low Impact Development (LID): Urban Design Tools for Stormwater
A project of the Low Impact Design Center, Inc., this site seeks to provide guidance to local governments, planners, and engineers for developing, administering, and incorporating low impact development techniques into their aquatic resource protection programs. *The Urban Design Tools Site features a comprehensive Interactive Design page that addresses just about everything you might need to design LID solutions on virtually any scale.

Southeast Michigan Phase II Stormwater Information Clearinghouse: Meeting the Federal Regulations
A project of the Clinton River Watershed Council, goal is to provide communities and other interested parties with a central clearinghouse for information about the stormwater regulations.This site includes sections on: Communities Needing a Permit, Permit Overview, Permit Requirements, Regulations, Permits & Applications, Watershed-Based Guidance & Example Materials, Costs & Funding Opportunities, and Additional Web Resources.

National Low Impact Development Clearinghouse
A project of the Low-Impact Design Center Inc., this site seeks to share information and stormwater LID success stories. Projects are grouped into four (4) major program areas: Ordinances, Technical Guidance, Demonstration of Effectiveness, and Outreach and Education. Clearinghouse content associated with each of these areas also includes background information, technical discussions, literature references, and identification of additional resources.

Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
This site is a University of Connecticut educational program for land use decision makers that addresses the relationship of land use to natural resource protection. This site provides information and technical assistance, publications, and slide shows on land use and water quality topics, with an emphasis on protecting water quality by reducing non-point source pollution, stormwater runoff and impervious surface.

Stormwater Tool-kit: A Community Guide to Construction Site Runoff Prevention
Stormwater regulations are relevant before, during and after the construction process. This on-line toolkit includes the following sections: overview of the permit process for big-boxes, construction and post construction requirements, “how can I use this information‚ (pre-construction, during construction, post-construction),” and “what can I do if I find a violation?”
Visit the Stormwater Tool-kit:

Stormwater Managers Resource Center
This site offers a watershed protection library; stormwater slideshows, a “manual builder” an “ordinance selector” monitoring & assessment tools, program resources, examples of real-life stormwater manuals and assorted fact sheets. The Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center is designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues.

Center for Watershed Protection’s Stormwater Management Webpage
With annotated list of Stormwater resources, including various other state’s Best Management Practices Manuals and Models.

From Runoff to Renewal
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) has developed a toolkit, including a fact sheet, media packet and model ordinance, for groups to promote low impact development (LID) in their communities.
The entire toolkit is available online:



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