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Apr. 10, 2018 Storm Smart Cities

Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans

The US EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division recently announced the release of the next guide in the Storm Smart series.

Storm Smart Cities, Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans

https://www.epa.gov/G3/storm-smart-cities-integrating-green-infrastructure-local-hazard-mitigation-plans

This guide is a case study of Huntington, West Virginia and early efforts to consider how green infrastructure could be incorporated into local hazard mitigation plans. It follows a partnership of local, state, and federal organizations and their collaborative effort to address local flooding and protect water quality. While the effort is ongoing, the Storm Smart Cities guide captures some early lessons learned that can benefit other communities interested in pursuing a similar approach. It includes recommendations for communities on integrating green infrastructure into local hazard mitigation plans.

The Storm Smart Cities Guide was developed by the US EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division, Office of State and Watershed Partnerships. Silver Jackets Program support was provided by the Huntington District Office of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Local, State, and Federal Partners include:

The Huntington Stormwater Utility

Huntington City Planning

West Virginia Region 2 Planning & Development Council

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

FEMA Region 3

US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Office – Silver Jackets Program

EPA Region 3

Stay tuned for a webinar on this topic coming soon!

Thank you,

Ken Hendrickson, MLA

Green Infrastructure Lead

Office of State and Watershed Partnerships

Water Protection Division (3WP10)

U.S. EPA Region 3

1650 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-814-2753