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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Stormwater Discharges from Transportation Sources-Innovative Materials

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A stormwater manual should provide helpful methods and techniques in support of an effective and comprehensive stormwater management program (SWMP). Some manuals focus on a particular aspect of stormwater management, such as one of the minimum control measures:
  • public education,
  • public involvement,
  • construction,
  • post-construction,
  • illicit discharge detection and elimination, and
  • good housekeeping.

Other manuals are specific to a particular region, but they still might provide innovative tools from which all transportation authorities can benefit.

Federal Innovation

  • Copper-free Brake Initiative —EPA, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), and eight automotive industry groups, signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. This initiative will decrease runoff of those materials from roads into the nation’s streams, rivers, and lakes and is a national example of pollution prevention/source control.
  • Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns InitiativeExit— This partnership aims to stimulate the green jobs market and enable families to work where they live and play. Small-to-mid-sized communities can boost their local economies and protect water resources through the use of watershed planning, and design and construction of stormwater best management practices (BMPs).
  • Greening America’s Capitals— This EPA program helps state capitals develop an implementable vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies. Through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA provides design assistance to sustainable communities that protect the environment, economy, and public health and to inspire state leaders to expand the program.


  • Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) Exit —MDSHA’s construction program provides statewide oversight, sets policy, and supports and contributes to building a safe highway system to enhance Maryland’s communities and economy, and the environment.
  • Washington DOT Construction Manual Exit —In coordination with FHWA, the WSDOT State Construction Office coordinates the development of policies and standards to provide guidance and oversight on construction issues.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

Maintenance of BMPs

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

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EPA Resources

  • Green Infrastructure – Learn more about green infrastructure techniques that uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments.
  • Nonpoint Source Program— Learn about nonpoint source pollution programs in your area and what you can do to protect and conserve valuable ecosystems.
  • EPA Green Streets Page —Green Streets are a sustainable stormwater management strategy that contributes to community redevelopment. Many cities have replaced traditional street rehabilitation with green street strategies to address stormwater, transportation, and neighborhood stabilization goals. By combining transportation choice with environmental strategies, a green street product can support redevelopment efforts from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
  • Stormwater to Street Trees: Engineering Urban Forests for Stormwater Management —This guide can help engineers, planners, developers, architects, arborists, and public officials understand how trees perform and interact in a stormwater management system, and the new technologies that are being used to increase the stormwater utility function of the urban forest, even in the densest urban environments.

State Manuals

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Fact Sheets


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Public Education and Public Participation


Television Advertisement and Radio

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Monitoring Strategies

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