AWARE Colorado Update • January 2009
AWARE Colorado continues to visit communities around the state to inform local officials and others about tools and strategies to protect water quality. To learn more about the AWARE Colorado program or schedule a presentation click here.
Here are some new resources, articles and upcoming events.
• NEWS FROM AWARE
AWARE's focus groups and stakeholder interviews about the barriers and benefits of low impact development are now complete. The results of the research are being compiled and will be reported in an upcoming issue.
The Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Assoc., the Colorado Stormwater Council, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Contractors and many individuals helped to host and participate in the focus groups and stakeholder interviews.
• NEW RESOURCES
Funding for Wetland and Riparian Restoration
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is making up to $2.25 million available for new wetland and riparian restoration and enhancement projects. For more information, log on http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/WetlandsProgram/ProjectFunding.
Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In
This nine-minute video highlights green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels that help manage stormwater runoff. Log on http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/video.html.
Rain Garden Design Templates
This site contains a series of rain garden, or bioretention, design templates for use in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. It provides easily accessible designs for the landscape industry and citizens. Log on www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/raingarden_design.
Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
This Web site provides resources, technical information and case studies related to green infrastructure stormwater management approaches. Log on http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=298.
Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure Newsletter
These newsletters give a periodic update on green infrastructure related activities. For back issues, log on http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/docs.cfm?view=allprog&program_id=6&sort=name#gi_newsletters. Look for "Newsletters - Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure."
Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks – Draft 2008
This draft report of the Sustainable Sites Initiative includes voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Log on http://www.sustainablesites.org.
Green Infrastructure Municipal Handbook
This series of documents is designed to help local officials implement green infrastructure in their communities. Topics include financing, operation and maintenance, incentives, designs, codes and ordinances. The handbook is being produced in sections, with each new element being released as it is completed. Log on http://cfpub2.epa.gov/npdes/greeninfrastructure/munichandbook.cfm.
Green Building Impact Report 2008
This report from GreenerBuildings.com is an assessment of the land, water, energy, material and indoor environmental impacts of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Page six of the report discusses stormwater-related impacts. Log on http://greenerbuildings.com/greenbuildingimpactreport/html.
Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for 2009 CARE grants to support local partnerships that reduce pollution. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/care.
Seeking Input on Improving the Connections Between Planning and Wildlife Conservation
• UPCOMING EVENTS
Colorado, Sustainability Plan Development Public Meeting
Jan. 29, 2009
For more information, call Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at 303-871-6000.
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's 18th annual land use conference
March 5-6, 2009
This annual conference brings together a diverse group of professionals and faculty from across the Rocky Mountain West and the country for discussion and debate of critical regulatory, environmental and land development issues. Log on www.law.du.edu/rmlui.
Colorado WaterWise Conference
April 2-3, 2009
The conference will showcase water conservation’s role in green building, water supply management and planning, education, government, and the landscape industry. For more information, visit www.coloradowaterwise.org.
• FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about ways communities can prevent the impacts of land use on water quality, visit the AWARE Colorado Web site at www.awarecolorado.org.
AWARE Colorado is an educational program of the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund.