Smart Growth strategies require fewer resources from the environment and also generate less waste to return to the environment. Using various design strategies, the water resources of a region can managed to reduce the amount of runoff, thereby reducing the amount of water needed to be moved to support a region.
Effectively utilizing stormwater and wastewater can reduce the water costs of a community.
Most design standards do not require consideration for efficient use of water resources and adding requirements are perceived as adding costs and burden to developers.
Example 1: EPA
Description: A webpage with links to applying for smart growth implementation assistance as well as other tool and technical assistance programs.
Example 2: Getting To Smart Growth – Presentation by the Smart Growth Network
Description: 100 Smart Growth strategies for implementation in any community.
Example 3: Delaware
Description: A planning document to protect southern Delaware’s water quality using smart growth strategies. Technology can be applied lake-based watersheds as well.
Example 4: New York
Description: Environmental conservation policy for the state of New York.