Increasing levels of construction and land development are accompanied by an increasing need to manage stormwater in order to protect public health, property and natural resources. There is no silver bullet when it comes to protecting water resources in the face of land development. However, communities that take steps toward preventing problems spend less money managing their infrastructure, increase protection of natural resources, and improve community resiliency to droughts and flooding.
This document is intended to help communities consider the range of strategies available to help protect water resources. It uses a bird’s eye view to encourage community boards and municipal departments to consider a variety of options and use an integrated approach to water resource protection. It is designed to help communities recognize and discuss the state of their current water resource management, determine where gaps exist and consider next steps.