The Resources compiles online environmental resources for your use including interactive mapping applications, calculators, models, checklists, case studies and more.


The Great Lakes Shoreviewer


The Great Lakes Shoreviewer is a risk assessment and climate adaptation planning tool. It provides stunning, oblique-angle color photography plus multiple layers of additional analysis for prioritized sections of Great Lakes coastline in Michigan (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron).

It also provides potential risk rankings (high, medium, low) for coastal property, buildings, roads and infrastructure.

The online tool was developed by the Superior Watershed Partnership in cooperation with Applied Ecological Services and 906 Technologies.

Keywords: Climate Change, Water, shoreline, coastal management



Lake Observer

This is a crowdsourcing mobile app for collecting and sharing water quality data. It was developed by members of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON).

While the app is called Lake Observer, it does allow users to submit data collected from wetlands, reservoirs and rivers/streams. Weather information can also be submitted.

This app is free to download through the Apple App Store or through Google Play.

Keywords: crowdsourcing, water quality, measurements, monitoring, water, lake, stream, river, wetland, app


Water Footprint

The site helps you determine your water footprint or the amount of water you use in and around your home throughout the day.

It includes the water you use directly (i.e., from a tap) and the water that is used to produce the food you eat, the products you buy, the energy you consume and even the water you save when you recycle.

You may not drink, feel or see this virtual water, but it makes up the majority of your water footprint.

Keywords: Ecosystem Health, Water, conservation, footprint, calculator, food, energy



CrowdHydrology

CrowdHydrology is an experiment currently being run by Dr. Chris Lowry at the University at Buffalo Department of Geology and Dr. Mike Fienen at the U.S. Geological Survey.

The goal of CrowdHydrology is to develop innovative methods to collect spatially distributed hydrologic data.

If you have any questions or would like to join the CrowdHydrology network please contact Dr. Lowry.

Keywords: Crowd Sourcing, Water, water, measuring stream flow, crowdsourced data, monitoring, crowdsourcing



Virtual Beach

Virtual Beach version 3.0 (VB3.0) has been added to the CEAM site. Virtual Beach facilitates the development of statistical models of pathogen indicator levels at recreational beaches. VB3.0 reads input data from a text or Excel file, assists the user in preparing the data for statistical analysis, and provides three analytical techniques for model development: multiple linear regression (MLR), partial least squares regression (PLS), and a gradient boosting machine (GBM). With an integrated mapping component to determine the geographic orientation of the beach, the software can automatically decompose wind/current speed and direction into along-shore and onshore/offshore components. VB3.0 can produce new variables from sets of variables in the input file (e.g., means, minimums, maximums, differences, sums, products), and it can test an array of transformations on the independent variables to maximize the linearity of the relationship between the response and those independent variables. In the MLR module, automated censoring of models with a high degree of multi-colinearity occurs during the selection process. The PLS and GBM modules institute 5-fold cross-validation during model development to avoid over specification. The prediction module of VB3.0 has a direct link to the USGS EnDDaT system to automatically retrieve data for beach sites in the Great Lakes region.

Keywords: built environment, ecosystem health, land practices, water, beaches, loading, mapping



H2O Capture

A well-designed site that provides information on water conservation practices, news, calculators, maps, and planning, with a focus on the Milwaukee, WI region.

However, the water conservation calculators would likely apply to most Midwestern areas.

The site offers concise and informative descriptions of various water conservation practices.

Keywords: Built Environment, Green Infrastructure, Land Practices, Water, Wetlands, calculators, runoff, BMPs, Milwaukee



Green Michigan

This web portal features Tips, How To’s, Case Studies and FAQ related to “Green” activities in Michigan. Transportation, Energy Savings, Garden/Landscape, Recycle/Repurpose, Parks/Recreation and Sustainability.

You can search this site for products to recycle and locations and amenities for parks in West Michigan.

Keywords: Built Environment, Climate Change, Ecosystem Health, Green Infrastructure, energy, parks, recreation, recycling, repurpose, garden, landscaping, water, sustainability, food



H2O Univ

Developed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and includes information, games, and activities tailored for various K-12 grade levels.

Keywords: Built Environment, Ecosystem Health, Governance, Water, Educational, games, activities, K-12



Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Best Practices Library

Contains a searchable database of best practices, case studies and more to help municipalities across the Great Lakes region address issues relating to water quality, climate change, stormwater, and other factors.


Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters (DWMAPS)

This is EPA’s online mapping tool to help you find information about drinking water in your community. This user-friendly tool provides answers to questions like:…
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Great Lakes Shoreviewer

The Great Lakes Shoreviewer is a risk assessment and climate adaptation planning tool. It provides stunning, oblique-angle color photography plus multiple layers of additional analysis…
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AquaCrop-OS

AquaCrop-OS is a free, open-source version of AquaCrop, a crop water productivity model developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. AquaCrop-OS…
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ESRI Green Infrastructure Map

This online mapping resources displays actual green spaces and natural areas nationwide. This is not a map of green infrastructure management practices. The site includes…
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Rainwater Rewards Calculator

This green infrastructure benefits calculator is available within the Grand Rapids area. The tool was developed by West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), Grand Valley…
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Aquatic Invaders in the Marketplace (AIM)

This is a go-to resource for helping stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. It is a public-friendly site for learning about invasive species and…
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One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS)

The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) is a voluntary reporting system available to state and territorial public health departments and their designated environmental…
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Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool

This online tool allows users to explore the potential benefits and costs with varying green infrastructure practices. The tool generates stormwater runoff volumes, identifies the…
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SoilWeb

This online mapping tool displays soils information derived from the U.S.Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SSURGO database. The map is available…
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People in Ecosystems/Watershed Integration (PEWI)

This is an online, open-source learning tool developed by researchers at Iowa State University to evaluate tradeoffs in ecosystem services based on land-use decisions in…
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FishWerks

This tool allows users to view barriers to fish movement across the Great Lakes Basin. Users can also evaluate the impact removing barriers may have…
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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Best Practices Library

Contains a searchable database of best practices, case studies and more to help municipalities across the Great Lakes region address issues relating to water quality,…
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Sensitive Areas Identification System (SAIS)

The Michigan Sensitive Areas Identification System (SAIS) is an online mapping and reporting tool that identifies and maps sensitive areas on farm fields. This online…
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Geographic Information System (GIS) Based Analysis of Sustainable Domestic Aquaculture Development

The Wisconsin aquaculture industry has experienced many startups and almost as many failures. Proper selection of species, location and culture practices can greatly improve the…
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Lake Observer

This is a crowdsourcing mobile app for collecting and sharing water quality data. It was developed by members of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network…
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Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)

MISIN is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species. The goal of this regional…
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Green Infrastructure Designs: Scalable Solutions to Local Challenges

The Delta Institute toolkit aims to help municipal managers and decision-makers begin implementing green infrastructure in their community. Featuring a decision support tool and downloadable…
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Water Footprint

The site helps you determine your water footprint or the amount of water you use in and around your home throughout the day. It includes…
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Useful to Useable (U2U)

Weather and climate patterns are a driving force behind the success or failure of Corn Belt cropping systems. Useful to Usable (U2U) is an integrated…
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Climate Explorer—Visualizing Climate Data in Maps and Graphs

Climate Explorer is a research application built to support the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The tool offers interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related…
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US Climate Resilience Toolkit

The Climate Resilience Toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing the climate issues that impact people and their communities. Tools are available…
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North American Soil Moisture Database Interactive Map

This interactive map allows you to view & download station data from the North American Soil Moisture Database.
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GeoPlatform Stormwater BMP Performance Database

This web map displays sites where the performance of BMPs and LID approaches for controlling stormwater runoff have been monitored and reported on. The data…
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H2O University

Developed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and includes information, games, and activities tailored for various K-12 grade levels.
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Population Allocation Model (PAM)

The Population Allocation Model (PAM) uses the patterns of past development to predict the location of future urban growth. While the concept could be used…
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City of Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Planning Map

The Green Infrastructure Map is part of the city’s larger online GIS service. There are several map layers listed as “MMSD GI Planning Data”, which…
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Yard Map

The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with…
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Vital Signs

Anyone with an interest in learning and contributing to scientific research is invited to join the Vital Signs community. We are a mix of students,…
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Using Rainwater to Grow Livable Communities

This website is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of stormwater BMPs into development projects in your area by providing tools and resources for…
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TNC Climate Wizard

Climate Wizard enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth. The first generation of this…
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Green Infrastructure Center

The Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their…
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ParkScore

ParkScore is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 60 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks. Using…
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LandVote

Across the country, dozens of state and local governments each year vote to raise public funds in support of land conservation. The Trust For Public…
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Visual Plumes

The Visual Plumes model system is a Windows-based software application for simulating surface water jets and plumes. It also assists in the preparation of mixing…
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RUSLE2 – Estimates rates of rill and interrill soil erosion

RUSLE2 estimates rates of rill and interrill soil erosion caused by rainfall and its associated overland flow. Detachment (separation of soil particles from the soil…
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GCSOLAR – Computes direct photolysis rates and half-lives of pollutants in the aquatic environment

GCSOLAR program is a set of routines that computes direct photolysis rates and half-lives of pollutants in the aquatic environment. The half-lives are calculated as…
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Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana

Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas that provides wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities and maintains the sustainability of our…
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National Conservation Easement Database (NCED)

The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the…
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AQUATOX – simulation model for aquatic systems

AQUATOX is a simulation model for aquatic systems. AQUATOX predicts the fate of various pollutants, such as nutrients and organic chemicals, and their effects on…
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Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan: A Design Guide for Implementers and Reviewers (Manual)

Low Impact Development (LID) is the cornerstone of stormwater management with the goal of mimicking a site’s presettlement hydrology by using design techniques that infiltrate,…
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NEMO Green Infrastucture Tools – (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) provides information, education and assistance to local land use officials and other community groups on how they can accommodate…
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Planning for Pathways: An Implementation Resource of the New Designs for Growth Guidebook

As a model grassroots effort which began in 1992 under the auspices of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, New Designs for Growth has…
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NOAA’s Digital Coast

This NOAA-sponsored website is focused on helping communities address coastal issues. The Digital Coast provides coastal data from reputable sources and the all-important tools, training,…
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Virtual Beach

Virtual Beach version 3.0 (VB3.0) has been added to the CEAM site. Virtual Beach facilitates the development of statistical models of pathogen indicator levels at…
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Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating Fisheries (WHATIF)

WHATIF is software that integrates a number of calculators, tools, and models for assessing the health of watersheds and streams with an emphasis on fish…
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Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST)

The Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) is intended to be used as a screening tool as part of an integrated watershed management process such…
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LIAA Data Management, GIS, and Online Mapping

Expertise in data mapping and geographic information systems (GIS), which are now integral to many projects ranging from community planning to website design. Site helps…
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National Tree Benefit Calculator

The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street…
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PhillyTreeMap

PhillyTreeMap is a web-based map database of trees in the greater 13-county, 3-state Philadelphia region.
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Stormwater Management Model (SWMM)

EPA’s Stormwater Management Model (SWMM) is used throughout the world for planning, analysis and design related to stormwater runoff, combined and sanitary sewers, and other…
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Swim Guide

Swim Guide is built and powered by Waterkeepers to connect you to beaches and swimming holes everywhere. Discover a wide variety of beaches, ranging from…
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Beach Nourishment – A Guide for Local Gov’t Officials

The pages of this website can help state and local organizations make informed decisions about beach nourishment. Focusing on the beaches of the Atlantic and…
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Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure can be considered a conceptual framework for understanding the ‘valuable services nature provides the human environment.’ At the national or regional level, interconnected…
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Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO)

Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation Online (NECO) helps you to map and to share photos, experiences, and information about your rain barrels, rain gardens, or other…
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CanVIS – Visualization tool to “see” potential community impacts from coastal development or sea level rise

CanVis is a visualization program used to “see” potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. Users can download background pictures and insert the…
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Green Michigan

This web portal features Tips, How To’s, Case Studies and FAQ related to “Green” activities in Michigan. Transportation, Energy Savings, Garden/Landscape, Recycle/Repurpose, Parks/Recreation and Sustainability….
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HIT (High Impact Targeting)

Allows users to prioritize erosion and sediment reduction conservation efforts at watershed scales and field scales. Users can also download maps of erosion and sedimentation…
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i-Tree

i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help…
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eWatershed

The eWatershed (formely ELUCID) tool uses data and modeling results from multiple sources to support natural resource conservation. The common scenarios addressed in the program…
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Great Lakes Watershed Management System (GLWMS)

The Great Lakes Watershed Management System (GLWMS) is an online decision support tool that allows users to estimate soil erosion, sediment loading, and nutrient runoff…
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American Water Works Association Drip Calculator

An online tool for calculating how much water a dripping faucet wastes.

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Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project

The 2011 Green Grand Rapids amendment to the City’s master plan established a 40% tree canopy goal in Grand Rapids. Recognizing the need to involve…
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Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide shows how coastal communities are using science based information to address coastal hazards such as flooding, shore erosion,…
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Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project (GLEAM)

Our research team builds new tools to integrate spatial information for environmental management decisions in the Great Lakes. We aim to build maps to visualize…
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Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)

The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St….
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RUSLE Online Tool

Online Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation tool. This tool helps to run RUSLE through input forms and quickly view results.
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Great Lakes FieldScope

Michigan Sea Grant has partnered with National Geographic and the USGS Great Lakes Science Center on the development of Great Lakes FieldScope. This web-based mapping…
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National Stormwater Calculator

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in…
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Wetlands At Risk Protection Tool

The WARPT is a process for local governments and watershed groups that acknowledges the role of wetlands as an important part of their community infrastructure,…
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CrowdHydrology

CrowdHydrology is an experiment currently being run by Dr. Chris Lowry at the University at Buffalo Department of Geology and Dr. Mike Fienen at the…
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On-Site: the On-line Site Assessment Tool

On-Site provides several prepackaged calculators for site assessment calculations. The calculators cover topics such as hydraulic gradient, soil moisture, and plume diving. The philosophy behind…
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EnviroAtlas

EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as…
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Lake Level Viewer

This tool helps users visualize lake level changes that range from six feet above to six feet below historical long-term average water levels in the…
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Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA)

ERMA assists both emergency responders and environmental resource managers in dealing with incidents that may adversely impact the environment. ERMA integrates and synthesizes various real-time…
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Bikeability Checklist

This is a checklist to evaluate the bike-friendliness of a community. It also provides recommendations to help improve your community’s score.
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EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

This checklist includes overall strategies to improve flood resilience as well as specific strategies to conserve land and discourage development in river corridors; to protect…
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Community Resource Inventory Online

This website supports the NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) workshop titled “Conducting a Community Resource Inventory”. In order to effectively plan for your community’s…
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Sustainable Cities Institute

The National League of Cities’ Sustainable Cities Institute provides cities and sustainability professionals with timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to…
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Conservation Almanac

The Conservation Almanac is a web-based resource of conservation spending and statistics. On this site you can discover, analyze, and map the results of federal,…
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EPA Water Sense

This tool provides consumers with information about how to save water, including specific products that are certified by the tool. It also encourages innovation in…
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Creek Watch

Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend…
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Environmental Education for Kids!

A resource from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that is designed to engage and educate children about various environmental topics. This website also provides…
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Finger Lakes Climate Fund

The Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening our regional economy and assisting local families…
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Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

The Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WWAT) is designed to estimate the likely impact of a water withdrawal on nearby streams and rivers. Use of the…
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International Stormwater BMP Database

The International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database project website features a database of over 530 BMP studies, performance analysis results, tools for use in…
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Go Zero Program

The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program works with individuals, companies and foundations to address climate change and habitat loss by protecting and restoring America’s forests….
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Annual Phosphorus Calculator (APLE)

APLE is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet model that simulates dissolved and sediment bound phosphorus loss in surface runoff. It does not consider phosphorus loss from…
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Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources (BASINS)

BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources) is a GIS-based environmental analysis system designed to help regional, state, and local agencies perform watershed…
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The Sanitary Sewer Overflow Analysis and Planning (SSOAP) Toolbox

The SSOAP toolbox is a suite of computer software tools used for the quantification of Rainfall-derived infiltration and inflow (RDII) and helps with capacity analysis…
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EPA Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM)

The EPA Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM) is a gateway to several models that deal with topics such as groundwater, surface water, food chains,…
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Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard

An interactive graph showing Great Lakes water levels through time and forecasts into the future. Includes estimates from a number of studies projecting lake levels.
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Green Map

“For all people ready to participate in creating a healthy, sustainable and just world, Green Map System offers a direct pathway to the significant ecological,…
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Green Values® Stormwater Toolbox

“The Green Values® Stormwater Toolbox was originally developed primarily for use by planners, engineers and other municipal staff. As a result, we’ve tried to err…
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H2O Capture

A well-designed site that provides information on water conservation practices, news, calculators, maps, and planning, with a focus on the Milwaukee, WI region. However, the…
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iNaturalist

“iNaturalist.org is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. From hikers…
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INVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services Tool)

A tool for estimating the economic value of ecosystem services. This site presents results from implementing this tool in western Michigan.
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GLIN Labs (Great Lakes Information Network Labs)

“GLIN Labs is a virtual center for research and development of information technology tools to enhance decision making to improve the health of the Great…
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SIDMA (Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis)

The Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis (SIDMA) tool organizes, analyzes, and visualizes social indicators related to nonpoint source (NPS) management efforts through statistical and…
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SciStarter

SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the…
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Green Infrastructure Case Study Series

Part of The Conservation Fund. Provides a basic overview of green infrastructure, links to resources, and case studies of green projects.
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Illicit Discharges Model Ordinance Language

A model document for developing illicit discharge ordinances.
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National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards

Coastal areas are essential to our nation’s economic, cultural, and environmental health, yet by nature are changing constantly due to a variety of events and…
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Smart Growth On-line

In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed…
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NOAA Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management’s (OCRM) six divisions oversee a number of programs that assist states in managing, preserving, and developing their…
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EPA Smart Growth

EPA’s portal to Smart Growth. Includes basic information, publications, funding sources, guides, news, and webinars about smart growth.
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The Excellent City Park System: What Makes it Great and How to Get There

In 1997, Peter Harnik, now the director for our Center for City Park Excellence, began collecting and publishing data on the nation’s park systems. Initially…
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Watershed Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection, Management and Restoration (PDF)

This technical note describes the need for and use of a variety of best management practices (BMPs) for urban and agricultural watersheds as a means…
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Evaluation of Erosion Hazards (PDF)

The Heinz Center conducted an analysis of possible changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) based on a national-scale coastal erosion mapping survey for…
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Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool (SGRAT)

The Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool is an online scorecard and resource for Michigan communities. This tool is intended to help you: Learn about Smart…
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STAR Communities

STAR Communities helps cities and counties achieve meaningful sustainability through the first national framework for local community efforts. Incorporated in Washington, DC in April 2012,…
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System for Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis Integration (SUSTAIN)

SUSTAIN is a decision support system was developed to: assist stormwater management professionals in developing implementation plans for flow and pollution control to protect source…
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WhAEM2000 – EPA’s Wellhead Analytic Element Model

The U.S. EPA’s Wellhead Analytic Element Model, WhAEM2000 for Windows (98/NT/2K/XP), is a groundwater geohydrology computer program. WhAEM2000 is a public domain, ground-water flow model…
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