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Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia
provides a framework for effective stormwater management throughout the province. The stormwater planning guidebook a new tool for local governments presents a methodology for moving from planning to action that focuses on implementing early action where it is most needed.

Environment Canada: Stormwater Assessment Monitoring and Performance Program (SWAMP)
This site is hosted by Ryerson and supported by Environment Canada, Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transportation, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. It is built around the Stormwater Assessment Monitoring and Performance Program (SWAMP). It profiles some excellent stormwater management initiatives and provides valuable and accessible technical and resource information, including links to other good sites.

Vancouver Island Region: Best Management Practices- Land Development (BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks)
This site is hosted by the BC Government, and focuses on Best Management Practices for land development. The report on this site, ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES, BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND DEVELOPMENTS (March 2001), outlines in detail every step of a project's assessment and development phases with respect to primary environmental issues. It is quite technical and focuses primarily on current regulation - a guide for approvals and inventories.

Urban Stream Bank Restoration and Rehabilitation
This site is built around a paper intended to act as a technical circular for the application of engineering and geotechnical methods to aid in the restoration and rehabilitation of urban stream systems in BC. It reads like a manual or a thesis at times, with references, and includes comprehensive information on the topic, including construction methods and details, 5 case studies, a short bibliography and several links to other related sites.

Erosion Control: Land-Use Planning: The Ultimate BMP
This site contains a range of information on urban streams, wetlands, preserving streams and managing runoff, including background information and recommended policies and planning approaches. It also contains links to related magazines.

Bioretention Sites for Stormwater Management
This site covers a range of issues related to bioretention sites for stormwater, including basic costs, design and management issues, as well as resources for further information.

EPA's Office of Water: Model Ordinances to Protect Local Resources
This is an excellent site outlining suggested ordinances / regulations for dealing with water issues around buffer zones, open space planning, erosion and sediment control, stormwater, and pollution sources. It contains links to places in the US where ordinances exist to deal with these issues, thereby providing a resource of applied and pragmatic regulatory tools.

Center for Watershed Protection Maryland

Washington Organic Recycling Council
This site provides information on the relationships between runoff management and soil. It is largely focused on using the information in support of salmon habitat preservation and enhancement.

State of Rhode Island Water Resources Board
This site is provides data on water issues, and is an excellent source of links to other relevant websites on publications, organizations, government and academics.

EPA's Office of Water: Case Studies
This site contains the final reports of projects funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office that demonstrate the successes of ecological protection and restoration techniques and model programs across the Great Lakes basin.

Site Planning and Design Techniques for Stormwater Management
This site is devoted to a paper from the 1998 National Planning Conference titled: "New Low Impact Design: Site Planning and Design Techniques for Stormwater Management." This paper is a brief overview of some major aspects of the Low Impact Design Manual developed by Prince George's County, Maryland's Department of Environmental Resources. It focuses on Low impact development (LID) and how to achieve stormwater management controls by fundamentally changing conventional site design to create an environmentally functional landscape that mimics natural watershed hydrologic functions (discharge, frequency, recharge and volume).


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