We collected some Green Infrastructure resources for public agency staff and private contractors and consultants. Many of these resources were explored in more depth at our 2013 GI Forums in the spring of 2013 (mostly forums 2 and 3).
*More information on each resource can be found in the forum slide presentations.
U.S. EPA National Stormwater Calculator (2013)
This is “a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States . . . Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.” Much of this data (e.g., soil type, soil drainage, topography, annual rainfall, etc.) is available in layers within the tool itself.
Low Impact Development controls, such as pervious pavement, disconnects, or rain gardens, can then be added in to calculate the annual runoff.
Extensive information is available to assist users, such as site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners.
Available for download here (the program takes less than one minute to install).
Many more resources are available on the U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure Website
This site contains:
- Training resources
- Tools for cost-benefit analysis and modeling
- Information on design and implementation
- Descriptions of and links to funding opportunities
- Policy guides
- Case studies
- Research archives