Smart Growth and Water Resources
How and where development occurs affects the sustainability of water resources, the health of watersheds, and the value these resources provide to people and communities.
The current relationship between water and land use is a bad one. Conventional development patterns are degrading water quality, increasing flood risks, and promoting inefficient use of our valuable supplies.
When considering water and land use, the sustainability of our water supplies boils down to two basic decisions:
- Where should we grow?
- How should we grow?
- Low Impact Development Center
Organization dedicated to the advancement of low impact development technology witht he goal of maintaining or enhancing pre-development hydrology. http://lowimpactdevelopment.org/
- Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
National network of water professionals dealith with land use and water issues. http://nemo.uconn.edu/about/network.htm
- Our Built and Natural Environments
This US EPA publication summarizes the research on the relationship between the built and natual environments, as well as current understanding of the role of development patterns, urban design and transportation in improving environmental quality. http://www.epa.gov/dced/pdf/built.pdf
- Puget Sound Online: Low Impact Development
Information on low impact development in the Seattle area. http://psp.wa.gov/