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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Protecting Water Resources With Smart Growth

Protecting Water Resources With Smart Growth

This EPA report will help communities protect water resources and achieve smart growth. The report presents 75 innovative approaches such as redeveloping abandoned properties, encouraging rooftop gardens, allowing shared parking, and promoting tree planting. Growth and development, including the loss of woodlands, meadowlands, and wetlands, can have adverse effects on water resources. Increases in developed land, including lawns and paved surfaces, can increase polluted run-off. To address these and other impacts, state and local governments are developing smarter approaches to growth. They are looking for, and using, policies and tools that enhance existing neighborhoods, improve schools, protect drinking water, and provide attractive housing and transportation choices. The 75 approaches in this report will help state and local governments and water quality professionals achieve their smart growth and water quality goals. (PDF Format; Length: 120 pages)


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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May 2004

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