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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 2015
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Data & Technology
Most consumers do not know how much water they use on a daily basis or how their water consumption compares to that of others because they receive little information on their utility bills. As a result, consumers receive minimal feedback on how changes in their behaviors, household...

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, State
State(s) All States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Unchecked water loss within water supply systems is a public concern: it wastes public money, hinders the economy, and risks long-term water scarcity. Previous studies and surveys about water loss demonstrate the long-held belief that maintaining robust water service infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
This report outlines a series of strategies that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change through risk management in the Metro-Boston region. It provides recommendations in five major sectors (built environment and key infrastructure, coastal zone, natural resources and...

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Arizona
Source Tucson City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires all commercial development and site plans to include a rainwater harvesting plan, that includes a landscape water budget and an implementation plan. All new commercial developments shall also include a rainwater harvesting system constructed according to an...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Cities can create a more resilient water system by transitioning to an integrated water management framework (IWM). By creating an IWM and developing a set of principles and the approaches that recognizes water as a resource, cities can manage all water as an asset, whatever form...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level -
State(s) Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
The water industry as a whole is a rising cost sector, meaning that the future cost of water services will be greater than historical costs. In the U.S., the EPA estimates water and wastewater infrastructure will require over $500 billion dollars of capital spending on infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
Cities face a host of challenges in maintaining their water systems and supplying their communities with clean drinking water, and protecting environmental and human health through effective wastewater and stormwater management. This report is is a comprehensive guide outlining best...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This ordinance creates year-round conservation measures and regulations for the use of water resources during shortage seasons. This ordinance grants county authorities the right to declare a water shortage emergency, during which separate regulations governing water usage go into...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Middleton
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This chapter establishes the minimum requirements for stormwater management in the City of Middleton. In particular, all persons who engage in land development activities shall establish on-site management practices to control the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Food
This report explores the challenge of sustainability by considering four different scenarios that may emerge in the future: Market Forces (in which policy prioritizes economic growth and free trade), Policy Reform (which assumes a large-scale implementation of reform policies aimed...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Current strategies of managing water are outdated and ineffective at addressing aging water systems and climate change. In contrast to traditional water management approaches that rely solely on pipes, levees, and dams, this report urges cities to embrace green infrastructure. Drawing...

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