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ture projects that effectively and sustainably manage stormwater runoff.
It will also create up to five Centers
of Excellence that will provide regionally specific data, best practices
and models for local governments,
park and recreation professionals,
and the private sector to pursue innovative ways to address stormwater
infrastructure in their communities.
This bill will help address the national need for data and best practices for
the innovative and sustainable management of stormwater runoff, one of
the largest sources of pollutants in our
nation's water bodies. Regulation will
continue to require cities to manage
and clean polluted stormwater runoff,
and the cost savings achieved by green
infrastructure approaches can be significant. NRPA and the American Society
of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are
working as part of a coalition including
the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, American Rivers, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the
Water Environment Federation (WEF)
and others to advance this legislation.
ASLA recently collected more
than 475 green infrastructure case
studies from 43 states, the District of
Columbia and Canada. These case
studies showed that green infrastructure approaches are widespread and
are being implemented in the public,
private and institutional settings. An
analysis of these case studies showed
that in more than 75 percent of the
projects, green infrastructure approaches either reduced costs or had
no effect on overall project cost. The
case-study effort and the associated data led to the commission of a
report: Banking on Green: How Green
Infrastructure Saves Municipalities
Money and Provides Economic Benefits
Community-wide (www.asla.org/up
loadedFiles/CMS/Government_Af
fairs/Federal_Government_Affairs
/Banking%20on%20Green%20

HighRes.pdf). The report released by
ASLA, American Rivers, WEF and
ECONorthwest found that green infrastructure can:
‡ Cost less, and further reduce the
costs of treating large amounts of
polluted runoff;
‡ Help municipalities reduce energy
expenses;
‡ Reduce flooding and related flood
damage; and
‡ Improve public health by reducing
bacteria and pollution in rivers and
streams, preventing gastrointestinal
illnesses in swimmers and boaters.
A Trust for Public Land report estimates that, in 2007, the value of the
stormwater runoff captured by the
City of Philadelphia's park system was
nearly $6 million, and Philadelphia is
aggressively moving forward in using
green infrastructure to comply with
Clean Water Act requirements. Simi-

larly, the City of New York is planning
to spend $1.6 billion in the next 20 years
on green infrastructure approaches to
stormwater management. The District
of Columbia is developing a stormwater credit-trading mechanism that
would allow parcels of land that retain
stormwater onsite to sell their credits on
an open market. As park and recreation
professionals know, their facilities are
tremendous resources for the public,
providing a myriad of benefits for their
surrounding communities. Stormwater
management provides a terrific opportunity for park and recreation professionals to continue to lead in their communities, and this legislation will help
provide grants, data, and best practices
to allow them to do so.
Kevin O'Hara is the Manager of Government
Affairs for the American Society of Landscape
Architects (kohara@asla.org).

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