Case studies highlighting how 12 local governments developed and implemented green infrastructure stormwater policies.
(2010) Published by the US EPA. This report presents the common trends in how 12 local governments developed and implemented stormwater policies to support green infrastructure.
The 12 cases represent a broad cross section of the US in terms of hydrologic regime, population, demographics, government structure and geographic and political climate. But there are common trends in how local governments developed and implemented new stormwater policies including interagency cooperation, enforcement and management issues and overlap with state and federal regulations. While a strong motivation for these policies and programs is innovation in stormwater management, many communities are moving past the era of single objective spending and investing in strategies that have multiple benefits. Green infrastructure approaches have a range of benefits for the social, environmental and economic conditions of a community. The cases include success stories for building a comprehensive green infrastructure program, but they also provide insight into the barriers and failures experienced.