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Urban Stormwater Runoff

This briefing paper provides current information related to the national issue of stormwater runoff in urban areas. State foresters can provide assistance to integrate trees and forests into green infrastructure planning and implementation to address this important issue.

Stormwater runoff is a significant contributor to water quality impairments, especially in developing and urban areas. Urban stormwater runoff affects water quality and quantity, habitat and biological resources, public health, and the aesthetic appearance of urban waterways. This briefing paper will discuss the sources and effects of stormwater, green infrastructure approaches to improve water quality, and describe how urban watershed forestry practices can improve overall watershed health. Also presented is a case study of how a city in Vermont is using an urban tree canopy (UTC) study to strategically plant trees to meet water quality targets.

National Association of State Foresters

Urban Stormwater Runoff

Infrastructure (green), Stormwater Management
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