Site Owners and Developers

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The need for effective stormwater management affects every development (or redevelopment) project. Site owners and developers can encourage the use of green practices and stormwater best management practices in a way that fits any budget and adds amenity and value to installations. With the decision-making power inherent in the position (and, presumably, control over project resources), it is possible to manage the project throughout all stages of development, making choices that support the use of sustainable stormwater practices. The following list presents several strategies:

  • Be clear about your desire to protect water resources and take a holistic approach to stormwater management and site design
  • Chose your design team based on past experience with BMPs and site designs involving holistic water management
  • Find an owner's representative or site manager that supports your interests and who will carry them through the development project
  • Be a present and active participant in design and build phases to ensure that your needs and requests are met
  • Check to ensure that both the short- and long-term needs of the installation are met and that maintenance and evaluation are built into the project plan

Site Managers and Contractors

Site managers and contractors can have a direct impact on stormwater management practices employed during the construction phase of project development. From this access point, it is possible to:

  • Present options for implementing BMPs to the client and designers
  • Manage the work of your subcontractors to make sure they follow on-site best management practices
  • Practice stormwater best management practices throughout the construction phase of development (e.g., runoff, sediment and erosion controls)
  • Understand federal, state, and local regulations to ensure adherence to requirements and determine when BMPs are supported or encouraged
  • Follow general "best practices" during construction, such as addressing problems or concerns in a timely way and building to specifications to ensure accurate functioning of designed components (including BMPs)

Next Steps

Take a look at some of the case studies to see how different groups interacted to implement projects in other areas. Think about how you might be able to bring such changes to your own projects. The toolbox page provides links to many resources to help you encourage the use of sustainable stormwater practices. Additional information can be found in the resource links section.

The following resources may be of particular interest:

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