education: upper coosa environmental practicum spring 2009
southeastern u.s. low impact development guide
Southeastern United States Low Impact Development Guide (PDF)
Low Impact Development (LID) has emerged as a cost-effective and feasible alternative to conventional stormwater management practices. The research and field work conducted at EPA Centers for Excellence in Watershed Management and other universities throughout the Southeast has been critical to the successful development of LID. This Low Impact Development Guide (LIDG) begins with a "primer" to provide a working knowledge of LID and the costs and efficiencies of specific LID strategies. Case studies follow from three southeastern Centers for Excellence in Watershed Management featuring information on project motivation and social infrastructure, specific best management practices, project funding and economics, and project successes and failures. The case studies illustrate integrated applications of LID techniques and showcase the resources and expertise the Centers for Excellence in Watershed Management provide diverse stakeholders in restoring and protecting surface waters. Finally, the LIDG concludes with an overview of the work done at EPA Centers for Excellence in Watershed Management.