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FEDERAL RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Catalog of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Finance Publications
With funding from the USEPA, the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill is investigating innovative financing approaches for stormwater and green infrastructure. A first step has been to catalog some of the existing publications in this area that have information on project financing.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) with Climate Assessment Tool (CAT) Add In
SWMM is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model used for single event or long-term simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. Users can include any combination of low impact development (LID)/green infrastructure controls to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater. SWMM includes a climate adjustment tool (SWMM-CAT), which is a simple to use software that applies monthly climate adjustment factors onto precipitation and temperature data.  

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Ecosystem Benefits and Risks Website
The Appalachian LCC has collaborated with the US Forest Service to provide information and tools that fully integrate society’s value of ecosystems with future threats to better inform natural resource planning and management. Through links on this page, users can access information, maps, data, and additional resources brought together through this collaboration.

 

U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council's Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program is focused on the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. Funds, at present, are targeted at work that will develop a 'national urban forestry funding assessment and methodology' or that will will provide increased 'understanding of urban forest ecosystem/ecological services.'

Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series
The Forest Service has made available 26 webinars on a variety of open space topics including Session 24: Integrating Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe and Session 11: An All Lands Approach to Ecosystem Services for Water.

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

FRANKLIN
Green Infrastructure Presentation
Presentation slides (2013) about EPA standards for site development that impact development in the City of Franklin. 

Urban Forestry
This website is home to information about the City of Franklin's urban forestry program. Included are links to information about the City ArboristTree Commission, a City Trees List, a Gardening and Landscape Video"A Walk in the Park" video interview with City Arborist, Todd Snackenberg, a Tree Topping Video (again with Todd Snackenberg), and more.


HOPKINSVILLE
Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan (Draft)
This page contains a link to the draft plan and its various attachments. The plan includes a number of sections, including one on floodplain management. 


NASHVILLE
About Green Infrastructure
An explanation of green infrastructure provided by Clean Water Nashville. This site covers social, economic, and environmental benefits, as well as specific green infrastructure practices. Links on the page take visitors to listings of various existing green infrastructure in Nashville including green roofs, water harvesting, bioretention/bioinfiltration areas, water quality swales, and permeable pavement. 

Flood Information
This handout has a variety of flood related information for Nashvillians. It includes information about flood warnings, flood insurance, safety, property protection, floodplains, and more. 

Green Infrastructure Design Guidelines
This manual presents an overview of the principles of Low Impact Development (LID) and how it mimics the way nature handles water. It examines why protecting water quality is so important, the costs of conventional practices, and the benefits of sustainability. Intended for use by designers, developers, agencies, and individuals, it offers a brief look at frequently used LID techniques with descriptions, estimated cost factors, and typical maintenance requirements. The appendices offer specific information, advice, and costs for each component. 

Green Infrastructure Master Plan
This study assesses the potential impact of green infrastructure in the combined sewer area, including the identification of possible sites and pilot projects. 

Green Roof Rebate
As part of an effort to encourage Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure in Metro Nashville, Metro Water Services is offering a green roof credit for private properties within the combined sewer system area. More information about this opportunity is available on this website. 

Overflow Abatement Program - Projects
A listing of overflow abatement related projects in Metro Nashville including a list of current projectscompleted projects, and a map for finding a project near you

Overflow Abatement Program - Resources
Resources includes public documents such as progress reports and annual reports, monthly regulatory reports, and technical documents such as the design management manual, technical specification document, Central Wastewater Treatment Plan Improvements documents, and others. From the program's resource page you can also link to Clean Water Nashville's program scheduleglossary,program designer FAQs, and additional resources

Stormwater Management Manual Volume 5 - Low Impact Development
The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain. Topics covered include: BioretentionUrban BioretentionPermeable PavementInfiltrationWater Quality SwalesExtended Detention PondsDownspout DisconnectionGrass ChannelsSheet FlowReforestationCisterns, and Green Roofs. Additional LID resources and information are available through Metro on this webpage, including a table of incentives for Green Infrastructure, an LID Site Design Tool, and a cistern design tool. Metro also offers this LID Manual Training Video to introduce manual methodology and describe how to build a site according to the manual, manual training slides, and an interactive map of LID sites in Metro Nashville. 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

AMERICAN RIVERS
Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and WetlandsHow Stormwater Affects Your RiversSewage Pollution in RiversWater Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water InfrastructurePharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our WaterThe Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities
 

CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Stormwater Model
The stormwater model allows children to learn about how urban development, if not properly managed, can contribute to flooding.  The Compact provides demonstrations of this interactive, kid-friendly model at many of our annual events, and also provides demonstrations throughout the summer in Cumberland Park.


RIVER NETWORK
Green Streets Resources
A compilation of resources and examples of green streets projects. 

Increasing Protection for Drinking Water Sources
Best management practices for increasing protection for drinking water sources. This page includes links to related resources such as Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States by World Resources Institute, Linking Source Water Protection and TMDLS by Water Research Foundation, and Source Water Protection Resource Community by American Water Works Association.

Managing Urban Runoff
Best management practices for managing urban runoff. This page includes links to related resources such as River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers by River Network, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System by River Network, Stormwater Pollution Permits by River Networ, Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality by American Rivers, Stormwater Management by Center for Watershed Protection, Stormwater Institute by Water Environment Federation, andRooftops to Rivers: Using Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows by NRDC.