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EPA Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz)

EPA has released a new web-based tool that helps local officials and other community members consider the benefits and uses of green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Wizard, or GIWiz, responds to growing community interest in using green infrastructure as a means of addressing water quality and a range of other local goals. Using a self-guided format, users can find EPA tools and resources to: * Learn the basics of green infrastructure; * Explore options for financing green infrastructure; * Visualize and design rain gardens, permeable pavement, and other types of green infrastructure; * Understand how other communities are using green infrastructure to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance land use; and * Develop green infrastructure public education and outreach campaigns. Read More

Green Infrastructure (EPA)

Green infrastructure uses natural hydrologic features to manage water and provide environmental and community benefits. By improving the environment and preserving open space, green infrastructure supports sustainable communities. Read More

National Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas

This Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas was created for the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Network by the Connecticut NEMO program and the California Center for Water and Land Use to highlight innovative LID practices around the country. Its goal is to encourage and educate local officials and others about low impact development practices by providing specific, local examples of their use. The 31 member programs of the National NEMO Network have compiled the projects highlighted on this site and will continue to add new projects as they become available. Each project balloon contains project specifics, a summary of the project, photos (when available) and links to more information. Read More

Nonpoint Pollution for Municipal Officials (NEMO): Tools and Resources

Basic NEMO (Nonpoint source pollution Education for Municipal Officials) presentations, fact sheets, and soap box articles regarding the link between land use and water quality. NEMO has come to stand for outreach programs that provide resources that allow for good land use planning and site design that balances growth AND environmental protection. Read More

Following the Flow: An Inside Look at Wastewater Treatment

A wastewater treatment guide by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Read More

World Water Monitoring Challenge

World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. In 2013, a total of 184,965 visits were made by participants monitoring sites in 51 countries. We challenge you to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource. Read More

Regional Water Conversations

NSF tasked ATEEC (the Advanced Environmental and Energy Center) with facilitating a series of six regional Water Conversations. The primary purpose of the conversations was to obtain a snapshot view of existing and upcoming water management jobs and to determine which jobs are currently needed in different regions of the country. This report is the result of these Water Conversations and is intended to provide a preliminary labor market analysis and needs assessment. This information allows educational organizations to most effectively target regional water industry requirements and to provide both short- and long-term education and training for the water management professionals of the 21st century workforce. Read More

Technical Manual, Water Use: Wastewater Re-Use

Information on wastewater re-use for both urban and rural households. On-site wastewater re-use provides numerous opportunities to reduce water use within the home. At present, potable (drinkable) water is used for practically everything in the house and garden. Read More

Case Study: Low Impact Development

This case study of low impact development efforts in The Village At Springbrook Farms in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, includes a six-minute video and the results of five non-structural “best management practices” (BMPs) incorporated into the final site design. This Web site includes links to seven other case studies involving stormwater management. Read More

Stormwater Strategies Community Responses to Runoff Pollution

This May 1999 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council documents some of the most effective strategies being employed by communities around the country to control urban runoff pollution, which is among the top sources of water contamination in the country today. The collection of 100 case studies compiled and evaluated here is intended to serve as a guide for local decisionmakers, municipal officials, and environmental activists; it is also a resource for citizens concerned about the quality of their local environment. Added in October 2001 is a new chapter on low-impact development, which has emerged as a simple, effective and economical stormwater strategy that also carries a broader aesthetic appeal. Read More

Mission

EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

EERL & ATEEC

EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

Contact ATEEC 563.441.4087 or by email ateec@eicc.edu