Greater Lakes: A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

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Greater Lakes: Reconnecting the Great Lakes Water Cycle is pleased to release A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. developed this guide for our project. Its aim is to help municipalities that are considering implementing integrated water resources management to gain an understanding the value of and what is involved in creating an IWRM plan. The Guide provides a description of the planning steps to go through, a summary of the type of information that should be considered, and a series of questions that can guide a municipality to a logical position.  The guide puts a particular focus on the role of green infrastructure in IWM. The Guide can be found on the Greater Lakes project at http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-IWM-How-To-Guide-Final-20160510.pdf.

We’d appreciate feedback on any use that you make of this Guide.
Please share this Guide with others who you think may be interested and put a link to it on your website.
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We have just released a reporting entitled “Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure” Thanks to all of you for the comments you made on the first draft. The report is available at http://glc.org/files/projects/greaterlakes/GreaterLakes-Financial-Implications-Summary-Report-20160513.pdf.
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Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool
This on-line tool was developed for the Greater Lakes project by Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. to generate stormwater runoff volumes, identify the surface areas needed to manage those volumes and then compare the costs of various green management practices to manage the predicted volume. The estimates from the Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool are for scoping and comparison purposes, and are intended to identify potential retention volumes. Once a management practice approach is selected, there are other tools/calculators that can provide more precision in the estimates prior to proceeding to final design. The results allow the user to make informed decisions, including cost comparisons with traditional detention basin systems when making stormwater management decisions. The on-line tool is available athttp://glc.org/projects/water-resources/greater-lakes/greater-lakes-green-infrastructure-optimization-tool/    

Please let us know if you have any questions on the tool and, above all, let us know how it works for you when you try it out. Please share this tool with your colleagues.
The detailed report on ecological impacts in the six communities we focused on and detail on green infrastructure methods and the projects we conducted in some of those municipalities: http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-Withdrawals-Dicharges-GI-6-Municipalities-Final-20160510.pdf
 
John

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John Jackson
17 Major Street
Kitchener N2H 4R1
519-744-7503
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