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Portland, Oregon NE Siskiyou Green Street Project Report

2007

In 2003, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services installed two landscaped stormwater curb extensions designed to capture street stormwater runoff on Siskiyou Street in Portland, Oregon. Essentially disconnecting the street’s runoff from the City’s combined storm/sewer system, the Siskiyou curb extensions manage it on-site using a landscape alternative. The objective was to maximize the capture, treatment, and infiltration of street stormwater runoff, while enhancing the neighborhood and offering improved pedestrian safety.

Related Organizations: Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

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District of Columbia's RiverSmart Program

2006

Washington D. C. ’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers a variety of "RiverSmart" programs to fund projects that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The programs provide financial incentives, in the form of grants and rebates, to fund green infrastructure projects that reduce and treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Although the RiverSmart program was developed to help the District address water pollution from stormwater runoff, it also supports climate resilience by diverting rainwater from the city’s stormwater system to manage increasingly heavy rainfall events.

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Kansas City 10,000 Rain Gardens Initiative

2005

10,000 Rain Gardens is a public initiative in Kansas City, Missouri, to support the improvement of water quality with rain gardens and other green solutions. In 2005, Kansas City began the initiative to address its stormwater and overflow control issues. The goal of the program was to install 10,000 rain gardens, vegetated swales, and rain barrels in the greater metropolitan area. As a result of these efforts, by 2008, 303 rain gardens had been registered on the website, with both private individuals and businesses implementing their own rain gardens.

Related Organizations: Kansas City, Missouri

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Funding Green Infrastructure in Pennsylvania: Funding the Future of Stormwater Management

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American Rivers produced this report describing strategies for funding and financing green infrastructure investments in Pennsylvania. The report starts by describing how stormwater and impervious areas (like rooftops, pavements, and sidewalks) contribute to degraded water quality and how green infrastructure can be used to reduce stormwater overflow flooding by restoring, reintegrating, and replicating natural landscapes.

Related Organizations: American Rivers

Author or Affiliated User: Liz Garland

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Porous Asphalt Study: “Effect of Road Shoulder Treatments on Highway Runoff Quality and Quantity”

July 1997

The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) studied the effectiveness of porous asphalt road shoulder treatments at reducing the quantity and improving the quality of highway stormwater runoff, compared to traditional asphalt and gravel. Out of the three treatments tested, the porous asphalt shoulders produced both the lowest volume of runoff and runoff with the lowest concentration of pollutants. The report suggests that although porous asphalt may have higher installation costs than traditional asphalt, the use of porous asphalt road shoulders may have long-term economic benefits along with safety and environmental advantages.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

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Prince William County Stormwater Fee

1994

Prince William County, Virginia established a stormwater utility in 1994 to pay for the county's stormwater management plan.  Landowners of developed properties pay a fee based upon the amount of impervious surface on their property.  In 2014, the county assessed fees of $38.21/year for owners of single family homes, $28.69/year for owners of townhomes or apartments, and business owners are charged $18.56 per 1,000 sq. ft. of impervious area.  

Related Organizations: Prince William County, Virginia

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USGS WaterAlert

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text messages when certain parameters within surface water, groundwater, water quality, and precipitation categories, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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EPA Region 5 Water Quality Cooperative Agreements (66.463 grants)

Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these grants are designed to help states, Indian tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations address water pollution. Grant recipients develop, implement, and demonstrate innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program

The Puget Sound is a coastal/inland waterway in Washington state, and is considered to be one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in North America. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program supports the protection and restoration of Puget Sound aquatic resources in areas threatened by development. These grants are given to local and tribal governments and special purpose districts. The grants support the development of land use management tools to manage and minimize the effects of population and economic growth on water quality and aquatic habitat.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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National Estuary Program Grants

The goal of the National Estuary Program (NEP) is to protect and restore the water quality and estuarine resources of estuaries and associated watersheds designated by the EPA Administrator as estuaries of national significance.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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