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    Stormwater Management Regulations?

    Does anyone out there have a really good code, or section of a code, regulating stormwater runoff, both during and after construction?

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    Do not look to Wisconsin's model code! From the standpoint of somebody who has worked with many developers and developed some property myself, I would recommend building as much flexibility as possible into your codes. I don't mean to suggest that you should lower any standards, but there are multiple approaches to solving problems. For example, allow stream and wetland setbacks to be reduced if other measures (grading, landscaping choices, etc.) can substitute or often improve filtration before runoff enters the stream. Rigid codes are too often a problem and a hindrance to good development. You are probably familiar with low-impact design. I would encourage it.
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    Check out the Water Quality and Model Code and Guidebook (and the other guidebooks, too) that are available on the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development website:

    http://www.lcd.state.or.us/publicat/coapubs.html

    These books are pretty darn handy although I agree with Cardinal in making these rules flexible. Good luck.

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    Stormwater Management Regulations?

    Quote Originally posted by Lee Nellis
    Does anyone out there have a really good code, or section of a code, regulating stormwater runoff, both during and after construction?
    Hi Lee, you might want to look in to the German policy on green roofs and roof top gardens. The Germans have done a lot of work on legislating green roof technology and most of it has evolved around storm water management for a variety of ecological reasons. The "Green Roofs for Healthy Cities" coalition in Toronto, Canada (www.greenroofs.org) is a great source of data, research and contacts all over the world. For German translation of green roof policy documents you may want to look up Ireene Stender, Melissa Keeley or Goya Ngan. Their names usually pop up on any green roof website. In addition, Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia have implemented a lot of green roof regulations and there may be someone in those cities who could help you.
    Hope this suggestion is useful.
    Good luck,
    Marney Simmons
    msimmons@rcbplan.ns.ca

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