Using Rainwater to Grow Livable Communities
Sustainable Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

This rain garden at Glencoe Elementary School in Portland alleviates neighbors' basement sewer backups and offers educational opportunities.
Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) are gaining recognition as effective, flexible, and environmentally sound ways for controlling the quantity and improving the quality of stormwater runoff, while also adding amenity to a wide variety of development projects.

This website is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of stormwater BMPs into development projects in your area by providing tools and resources for effective communication and implementation as well as in-depth case studies that examine BMP integration in several cities across the United States.

Using the tools and links provided, you can:

  • Learn how you can leverage political, organizational, technical, educational, and other resources to move forward with implementation.
  • Arm yourself with effective tools for teaching others about the benefits of stormwater BMPs, strategies for successful implementation, and how to incorporate BMPs into development projects.
  • Discover communities that have successfully integrated sustainable stormwater practices into their "toolboxes."
  • Explore additional resources to broaden your knowledge and learn more about stormwater management and related topics.

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