Below are select tools and resources that your community can utilize to audit Codes and Ordinances.
EPA’s Water Quality Scorecard was developed to help local governments identify opportunities to remove
and revise and create codes, ordinances, and incentives for better water quality protection. It guides
staff through a review of relevant local codes and ordinances, across multiple municipal departments.
Most rural communities want to maintain their rural character while also strengthening their economies. Many
fast-growing rural areas are now at the edge of major metropolitan regions and face metropolitan-style
development pressures. They seek to manage new growth in a way that promotes prosperity yet is sustainable
the long run.
Over the past few decades, many American communities have realized considerable financial and water quality
by adding green infrastructure to their toolkit of approaches to reducing and managing stormwater. Green
infrastructure techniques can include using rooftop vegetation to control stormwater and reduce energy use,
restoring wetlands to retain floodwater, installing permeable pavement to mimic natural hydrology, and using
capturing and re-using water more efficiently on site.