The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, has released a new report entitled Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management. The report is an accumulation of DEP’s examination of stormwater programs from across the country and around the globe. It includes lessons learned and the challenges associated with flood mitigation programs, integrated stormwater management initiatives and regulatory compliance.

The report topics encompass stormwater control measures recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as topics that are critical to stormwater program success or those that can result in progressive and innovative water quality solutions.

Each chapter covers a stormwater program topic; the role stormwater has in the program; an introduction to the applicable U.S. federal regulations; and common high-interest factors that influence decision making when it comes to setting up and implementing the program. Within each chapter, case studies are presented for a sampling of the communities with progressive programs in the topic area. The effort also demonstrates that although many of the surveyed communities are actively implementing the stormwater control measures, their techniques vary based on the conditions that are specific to their community. Additionally, photos of stormwater management techniques are available on DEP’s Flickr Page.

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