Soak Up the Rain: Trees Help Reduce Runoff
Trees are valued for the beauty and many other benefits they bring to our landscapes and neighborhoods. Trees are increasingly recognized for their importance in managing runoff. Their leaf canopies help reduce erosion caused by falling rain. They also provide surface area where rain water lands and evaporates. Roots take up water and help create conditions in the soil that promote infiltration.
Information About Trees
Making Urban Trees Count, Center for Watershed Protection
A robust collection of resources and research-based tools for crediting trees in stormwater and water quality management programs. Includes an urban tree canopy BMP crediting protocol, water balance model documentation, and the comprehensive literature review: Making Urban Trees Count: A Project to Demonstrate the Role of Urban Trees in Achieving Regulatory Compliance for Clean Water
Trees & Stormwater
The Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and its team of national partners are developing a guide for local decision makers to integrate trees into stormwater management design and policy applicable across the nation. The guide is being designed to help overcome the widespread lack of understanding, acceptance, and credibility of using trees for managing stormwater by providing a practical tool that informs local decision makers of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies.
Stormwater Trees Technical Memorandum, U.S. EPA, 2016
Trees in the urban environment provide many benefits and tree programs face challenges that can affect their success. This technical memorandum addresses planting and maintaining trees adjacent to roadways or sidewalks in urban areas where buildings and impervious surfaces create harsh environments.
Reducing Heat Islands Compendium of Strategies: Trees and Vegetation, U.S. EPA (PDF) (32 pp, 4.4 MB, About PDF)
Shade trees and smaller plants such as shrubs, vines, grasses, and ground cover, help cool the urban environment. Describes the causes and impacts of summertime urban heat islands and promotes strategies for lowering temperatures in U.S. communities.
Trees Tame Stormwater, Arbor Day Foundation
Posters, including an interactive version, describe the problem of too few trees and the many benefits of abundant trees.
Control Stormwater Runoff with Trees, USDA Forest Service (PDF)(2 pp, 127 K, About PDF)
Fact Sheet describes how trees help reduce runoff.
USDA Forest Service software to help communities quantify the structure and benefits of trees.
TreeVitalize, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership to help build capacity within communities to plan for, plant, and care for trees, and to offer educational trainings to help citizens understand the diverse benefits of trees and the importance of properly planting and maintaining them.
Connecticut Native Tree and Shrub Availability List, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (PDF)(12 pp, 256 K, about PDF)
A (January 2005) native tree and shrub availability list for locating native planting stock.
Absorb The Storm - Create a Rain-friendly Yard and Neighborhood, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, University of Vermont Cooperative Extension (PDF)(24 pp, 2.5 MB, about PDF)
Discusses a number of steps homeowners can take, including trees, to help prevent the problems associated with runoff.
Main Streets to Green Streets, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (PDF)(2 pp, 4.2 MB, about PDF)
Fact sheet describes some of the issues and benefits of using trees in managing stormwater in our downtowns.
Urban Tree Canopy, Watershed Management, Vermont Agency of National Resources
Basic information and links about urban trees to help manage stormwater.
Urban Forest Connection Webinar Series
Experts discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment.
2017 iTree Webinar Series
Hear about the latest i-Tree tools and improvements to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis and reporting tools for urban and community forests.
Urban Forests = Cooler, Cleaner Air
Using trees to help improve air quality and reduce urban heat islands.
Trees Tame Stormwater
Watch the transformation as an urban landscape changes from few to abundant trees.
Providing a set of questions to help determine whether existing local codes require, allow or prohibit "forest-friendly" development practices, the worksheet is designed to help communities review and revise their development regulations so future projects conserve and protect valuable trees and woodlands and encourage new plantings. Also provides additional resources, ideas and guidance for developing a community forestry program.
A summary of existing models to help highlight the benefits of trees and account for trees in runoff and pollutant load calculations as they're incorporated into stormwater management strategies. Also includes additional resources and tools for estimating the hydrologic benefits of trees in the urban landscape.
Trees & Stormwater, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments
A guide to provide a practical tool that informs local decision makers of options and best practices for including trees in stormwater facility design regulations and policies.