Studies / Reports
Cities Charting the Way Forward: Stormwater Management in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin. Great Lakes and St. Lawarence Cities Initiative - 2011
Flushing Out the Truth - Sewage Dumping in Ontario - Ecojustice - 2009
Illinois Green Infrastructure Study - Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago - the science on stormwater - 2010
Residential Car Washwater Monitoring Study - City of Federal Way (Puget Sound), Public Works Dept. - July 2009
Pavement Busters Guidebook - Victoria Transport Policy Institute - July 2010
Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management: You can make a difference! - Philadelphia Water Department, Office of Watersheds - 2006
Market Research: Constraints and Opportunities for Sustainable Landscapes in the Residential Sector. Peel Region. Tracy Patterson, Freeman Associates: 2010
Greenhouse Gas and Energy Co-benefits of water conservation. POLIS Research Report. Carol Maas. March 2009
Curbing Stormwater and Creating Communities: The Case for Low-Impact Development, Lisa Stiffler, Sightline Institute, Puget Sound - March 2011
Sustainable Stormwater Practices: Fundamentals - provided by CSA Standards under their Infrastructure and Public Works Training Program.
Connect the Drops, Connect the Drops provides advice, strategies, and tools to government, utilities, and the private sector to implement water conservation projects utilizing rainwater harvesting.
Blue Flag Program, Environmental Defence. Blue Flag is a highly respected and recognized international eco-label. Blue Flags are awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.
Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition , An alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized. Offers training workshops and resources.
Smart About Salt. Dedicated to reducing the environmental effects of road salts through information, training and certification for snow removal companies, property managers and municipal works departments. The site has a list of certified companies and accredited operators.
Catching the Rain, A Great Lakes Resource Guide for Natural Stormwater Management - American Rivers - 2004
The Chicago GreenAlley Handbook,
An Action Guide to Create a Greener, Environmentally
Sustainable Chicago - City of Chicago, Department of Transportation - 2007
Ontario Guidelines for Residential Rainwater Harvesting Systems provides comprehensive guidelines for the design, installation, and management of rainwater harvesting systems. The Guidelines provide guidance on selecting the right size of rainwater storage tank, the fixtures that can (and can’t) be supplied with rainwater, treatment recommendations, cold weather design requirements, and more. Ontario -2010
Plants for Stormwater Design – Species Selection for the Upper Mid-west -- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - 2003
The Oregon Rain Garden Guide: Landscaping for Clean Water and Healthy Streams – Oregon State University Extension Service - 2010
Understanding Stormwater Management: An Introduction to Stormwater Management Planning and Design - Ontario Ministry of the Environment - 2003
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Handbook - Ontario Ministry of the Environment - 2007
Green Streets Policy from City of Portland. Ideal for local municipal adoptions. Insists that every time there is any work involving digging up the road or sidewalk that green infrastructure and vegetated strips be accommodated.
Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities, Polis Water Sustainability Project, October 2011
Policy Review of Municipal Stormwater Management in the Light of Climate Change – Summary Report, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, March 2010
Green Infrastructure Case Studies: Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure, US Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA-841-F-10-004) - August 2010
Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure Handbook Series, US Enviornmental Protection Agency - 2007 - 2011. Includes:
- Funding Options (PDF) (16 pp, 658K) (833-F-08-007)
- Retrofit Policies (PDF) (23 pp, 2.37MB) (833-F-08-008)
- Green Streets (PDF) (19 pp, 1.8MB) (833-F-08-009)
- Rainwater Harvesting Policies (PDF) (16 pp, 1.45MB) (833-F-08-010)
- Incentive Mechanisms (PDF) (35 pp, 1.82MB) (833-F-09-001)
The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits – Centre for Neighbourhood Technology (Chicago), 2010
Rain Gardens: Improve Stormwater Management in Your Yard – CMHC factsheet for homeowners. 2005
Tools / Worksheets
Rain Garden Worksheet-- Friends of the Cove, London
www.theswimguide.org to find the closest safe beach for swimming.
Rain Garden - Very complete resource at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Water Under Fire - Video series with Canada’s best freshwater scientists who define and describe the problems and challenges faced by our rivers, lakes, wetlands and streams.
Innovative Stormwater Management Practices - An online database of innovative and Low Impact Development stormwater management practices in Ontario, developed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Includes a map of model projects in Southern Ontario.
Low Impact Development Online Toolkit for stakeholders - Municipal staff, Developers, Planners, Professionals from the Private, Non-Profit, ICI Sector, and Community Residents. Credit Valley Conservation.