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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of For Worth
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This presentation outlines key features and outcomes of the Fort Work Stormwater Management Program....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the largest growing sources of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. To mitigate this problem, green infrastructure practices can be used to manage urban runoff by capturing and infiltrating rainwater where it falls. One of the major challenges to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The City Of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report details the objectives, strategies, and implementation of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water program. This program focuses on enhancing the city's ability to handle stormwater, improving water quality, and encouraging the development of green infrastructure. The report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development
The guide aims to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure (GI) delivers to communities. It examines the steps necessary to calculate a variety of performance benefits gained by implementing GI strategies and, where possible, demonstrates...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Ohio
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it runs along the surface till it flows into a storm drain, river, or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, brake linings, and deicing salts which contaminate local waters....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report highlights the prevalence and cost of flooding in the Great Lakes region and emphasizes the need for increased investment in green infrastructure and the adoption of flood mitigation strategies. The report also uses survey data to examine the impact of urban flooding and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
In recent years the frequency and severity of heavy precipitation and floods in parts of the United States have been increasing to a statistically significant degree, and this trend is expected to worsen. This article summarizes some of the liability issues that result from floods,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The Smart Water for Smart Regions initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states, working with communities to minimize leaks and reduce flooding through cost-effective, coordinated solutions including....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Chatham, a village in central Illinois, has been susceptible to flooding since the area was first developed in the 1860s. Today, many Chatham residents and business owners experience chronic basement flooding, which is caused by backups in the city sewer system and seepage through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to reduce flood damages nationwide and ease the Federal government’s financial burden for providing disaster recovery. However, a proportionally small number of properties insured through the program are repeatedly...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Recognizing that urban flooding problems are generated by stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, yards, and roofs across neighborhoods, the RainReady Community program takes a neighborhood-scale approach to addressing urban flooding. Participating neighborhoods receive an in-depth,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Education, Housing, Public Safety, Energy, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Transportation & Mobility
This report examines Houston attitudes about flooding, education, the local economy, equal opportunity, immigration, sex and gender, climate change, and trust....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Energy, Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Green infrastructure practices provide a variety of benefits across the range of flood magnitudes. Common green infrastructure practices used to target flood management include green roofs, bioretention, water quality swales, and infiltration basins and trenches. While most effective...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Water Environment Research Foundation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This presentation outlines the key features of integrated water resource management for cities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia Water
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This powerpoint outlines the city of Philadelphia's approach to adapting to modern water policies and actions to encourage innovation and sustainable growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
This report examines data from Chicago to determine the prevalence, cost, and impact of flooding on communities of color in Chicago....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Department Of Natural Resources
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This report outlines key findings on the extent and cost of urban flooding and the contributing factors in Illinois. It provides recommendations for various levels of responsibility, including legislative action, state agency engagement, community involvement, and public awareness....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
A RainReady Riverdale would be a community where all residents and businesses benefit from flood relief in a way that also brings neighborhood beautification, retail activity, jobs, recreation, and habitat conservation. This report serves as a guide to reduce flooding in Riverdale,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) New York
Source City of Syracuse
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report outlines how Syracuse, NY has improved sewage and wastewater control as well as facilitated job training programs through the use of green infrastructure development. It also highlights county-level investment in extensive urban forestry, infiltration boxes, rain gardens,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
As ever more destructive storms pummel our towns and cities, we are increasingly confronted by flooded homes and businesses, disruption of municipal services, overflowing streams and rivers, and compromised drinking water. Destructive weather events cost tens of billions of dollars...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source The District Of Columbia City Council
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report outlines potential climate change scenarios in Washington D.C., including projected temperature increases, heatwaves, extreme precipitation events, and rising sea levels. The report calls for additional studies to enhance the accuracy of these projections....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
This report evaluates the strengths, weaknesses, and threats to water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management policies in Lake Zurich, Illinois. While water resources are often dealt with separately, this report recommends a strategic plan for integrating local water resources...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Georgetown Climate Center
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Climate change is happening. Past greenhouse gas emissions have committed us to decades of rising temperatures and seas. Recent studies, factoring in ice-sheet melt, estimate that we may experience an average of up to 6 feet of sea-level rise across the globe over the next century....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the resources that several U.S. cities are devoting to “green infrastructure” and analyzes their early experiences with alternative stormwater management. This report defines and describes green infrastructure; discusses barriers to green infrastructure implementation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Green stormwater infrastructure practices produce value beyond stormwater management. Investing in Green Stormwater Infrastructure produces value for communities in the form of specific health benefits, economic benefits, climate benefits, education benefits. Residents win when local...

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