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:
Organization dedicated to the advancement of low impact development technology witht he goal of maintaining or enhancing pre-development hydrology. http://lowimpactdevelopment.org/
National network of water professionals dealith with land use and water issues. http://nemo.uconn.edu/about/network.htm
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
Information on low impact development in the Seattle area. http://psp.wa.gov/