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General Management Resources
- EPA Resources for Nonprofit Organizations — This Web page lists EPA's resources on topics ranging from communities at work to getting informed to laws and regulations. It is an excellent starting point for any watershed organization.
- Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits — MAP's mission is to guide nonprofits toward better management. This site contains a free online library, training classes, and much more. Some of their free library resources include the following:
- National Center for Nonprofit Boards — The National Center for Nonprofit Boards is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. They offer publications and workshops.
Specific Program Management Resources
- Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources (BASINS) — BASINS integrates a geographic information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one convenient package.
- Cornell Mixing Zone Expert System (CORMIX) — CORMIX can be used for the analysis, prediction, and design of aqueous toxic or conventional pollutant discharges into diverse waterbodies.
- Dynamic Toxic Wasteload Allocation Model (DYNTOX) — This tool assesses the impact of toxic discharges on receiving water quality over the entire range of historical and future conditions. DYNTOX is both a steady-state and dynamic wasteload allocation model.
- Hydrological Simulation Program — FORTRAN (HSPF) is a comprehensive package for simulation of watershed hydrology and water quality for both conventional and toxic organic pollutants.
- Land Use and Land Cover Digital Data — This site explains land cover digital data and its applications, categories of data, and formats.
- River and Streamwater Quality Model (QUAL2K) — This model is intended to be used as a water quality planning tool for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and also can be used in conjunction with field sampling for identifying the magnitude and quality characteristics of nonpoint sources. This model is the successor to the QUAL2E model.
- Strategic Habitat Conservation Handbook (PDF) (24 pp, 2.3MB) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed this handbook to guide planners in developing Habitat Conservation Plans under the Endangered Species Act.
Clicking on a circled number will take you to the EPA Regional nonpoint source program page, and clicking on a state will take you to that state's nonpoint source program page. Not all states and Regions have specific nonpoint source program pages -- in those cases, you will be linked to a more general water page.
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State Coordinator List — This web site contains a downloadable file of contact information for each state's NPDES coordinators.
- NPDES Permitting Program — The Office of Wastewater Management has created this site to provide information on the NPDES permitting program. It offers a history of the program, downloadable permit applications, and a library of general permits that have been issued.
- NPDES Permit Writers Training Course — The objective of the course is to provide the basic regulatory framework and technical considerations that support the development of wastewater discharge permits as required under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The course is designed for new permit writers and highlights the process of developing, issuing, and complying with NPDES permits.
- Clark County NPDES Permitting Program — This site enables a user to download an NPDES permit application or the County's report summarizing the first year of the Illicit Discharge Screening Project. December 2000.
- State Programmatic General Permits Guidance (PDF) (4 pp, 25K) — The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to issue a Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) that would establish national policy guidance for the development and implementation of Programmatic General Permits (PGPs). A PGP is a type of general permit issued by the Corps that authorizes certain projects that are also regulated by another federal, tribal, state, or local regulatory authority.
- Permit Compliance System — This site can be used to view the Guidance and Standards for Calculating Point Source Pollutant Loads Using the Permit Compliance System (PCS).
- Public Involvement in Environmental Permits (PDF) (121 pp, 2MB) — EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response developed this guide for state program implementors, citizen groups, associations, and industry) to assist them in engaging stakeholders in the permitting process.
- Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program — A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards and the allocation of that amount to the pollutant's sources. This site includes information on the status of TMDLs and 303(d) reports in each state.
Click on a state to go to individual state web site.
- Clean Water and Oceans: Water Pollution: In Depth: Report Stormwater Strategies Community Responses to Runoff Pollution — This May 1999 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council documents some of the most effective strategies being employed by communities around the country to control urban runoff pollution, which is among the top sources of water contamination in the country today. The collection of 100 case studies compiled and evaluated is intended to serve as a guide for local decisionmakers, municipal officials, and environmental activists; it is also a resource for citizens concerned about the quality of their local environment.
- Phase II of the NPDES Stormwater Program — This is a very useful web page with a lot of information and good frequently asked questions, including fact sheets, the final rule, the hotline phone number, and other helpful links.
- National Stormwater BMP Database — This database provides access to BMP performance data in a standardized format for more then 90 BMP studies conducted over the past 15 years. The database may be searched and/or downloaded on this web site and is also available on CD-ROM. Additional BMP studies are currently being prepared for the database, which was developed by the Urban Water Resources Research Council (UWRRC) of American Society of Chemical Engineers under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Stormwater Manager's Resource Center — The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center is designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials, and others who need technical assistance on stormwater management issues.
- Stormwater Strategies Community Responses to Runoff Pollution — This May 1999 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council documents some of the most effective strategies being employed by communities around the country to control urban runoff pollution. The collection of 100 case studies compiled and evaluated is intended to serve as a guide for local decisionmakers, municipal officials, environmental activists, and citizens concerned about the quality of their local environment.
Stream corridor restoration
- Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes & Practices — This comprehensive document, which is now available online, contains information on stream corridors and restoration plans and principles.
- Guidance on Developing Local Wetlands Projects — This document outlines case studies of three programs: King County (Seattle), Washington; Dade County (Miami), Florida; and Monroe County (Pocono Mountains), Pennsylvania. It identifies the types of wetlands protection programs, the methods of implementation, and the successes and failures resulting from the establishment of these programs.
- National Guidance: Water Quality Standards for Wetlands — The objective of this document is to assist states in applying their water quality standards regulations to wetlands in accordance with the Agency's Operating Guidance. Initial development of water quality standards for wetlands provides the foundation for the development of more detailed water quality standards for wetlands in the future based on further research and policy development.
- National Water Summary on Wetlands — This site, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), teaches about wetlands. It includes articles on wetlands that address technical aspects, management and research, and restoration. This site also lists state USGS representatives who can be contacted for more information.
- Wetlands Water Quality Standards Video — This 25-minute video is on a key aspect of the EPA's national wetlands program-state/tribal wetlands water quality standards. The video documents the key components and benefits of wetlands standards through interviews on the progress some states/tribes have made. Although the target audience is state and tribal supervisors, the video should also be useful to others, including state and federal legislative and agency staff, wetland managers, environmental groups, watershed planners, educators, businesses, farmers, industry groups, and landowners.