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Stormwater Public Education Resource List

  1. Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
    U.S. EPA has created a comprehensive array of education options for stormwater utilities including a how-to guide, Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns.

  2. Stormwater & Runoff Pollution Toolkit
    The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has developed a toolkit with step-by-step guidance for developing a public education campaign.  It includes information on how to design a campaign, gathering audience data, and content ideas.

  3. Stormwater Education Toolkit
    The toolkit contains guidance documents, model programs, and electronic materials developed through a cooperative agreement with the University of Central Florida and U.S. EPA.  Resources are broken into three volumes for the general public, business, and youth.

  4. NOAA Ocean Service Education for Teachers
    The National Ocean Service (NOS) education team has developed this comprehensive website to build nonpoint source pollution literacy for formal educators.  It has been approved by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is part of their “Skilinks” database (endorsed sources). 

  5. Green Values Stormwater Management Calculator
    The calculator allows you to breakdown the green infrastructure intervention and show, in analytical terms, the life cycle cost and benefits (copyright 2004-2010 Center for Neighborhood Technology).

  6. Construction Sites
    A guide for the role of local governments in implementing the NPDES Stormwater Permits for Construction Sites.

  7. Seattle’s Rainwise Program
    The Seattle Public Utilities have developed the Rainwise Program to teach citizens how to bring down their nonpoint source pollution footprint.  The site is an excellent resource for residents with landscape suggestions and instructions. 

  8. Healthy Lawns, Healthy Families
    Presented by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the campaign makes an effective case for family health reasons to change lawn maintenance habits.  It also gives instructions on how to do it.  It includes a pledge that once signed allows residents to display the slogan “Natural Lawn Care Practiced Here.”

  9. Do the Doody
    Clean Water Services, Portland, Oregon, has developed this delightful public education campaign called “Join the Cycle”.  This PSA focuses on changing behavior to serve the nonpoint pollution issue of pet waste.

  10. Don’t Feed the Animals
    As a part of their stormwater education campaign, Chesapeake, Virginia, has created this eye-catching, thought provoking, series of public service ads for print and electronic distribution. The ads make the viewer think twice about what goes down the storm drain.

  11. Video: Frogline - Nonpoint Source Pollution Education
    Join puppet reporters Finneas Frog & Kris Kroak as they show us how to prevent nonpoint source pollution in our daily lives. Good info for kids through adults (8 minutes, produced by WEF). 

  12. Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In
    Produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Botanic Garden, this film showcases green techniques that are being used in urban areas to reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on the quality of downstream receiving waters .