Speaker: Danielle Craig. Graduate Part-Time Instructor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University
This research identifies key indicators for stormwater ecosystem services within the comprehensive plans and land development regulations in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor. The rapid urbanization in the Corridor has significant implications for both quality and quantity of stormwater. Identification of key indicators for stormwater ecosystem services within plans and land development regulations can help to restore natural hydrology, decrease stormwater volumes during precipitation events to help prevent flooding, and increase stormwater quality.
Integrating Stormwater Ecosystem Services into Local Governance is an assessment of the various ways that cities can, and are, incorporating stormwater ecosystem services into urban planning and development, including drainage and flood control, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater pollution and prevention. The presence of specific planning and design strategies, such as low impact development, reduction of impervious surfaces, land interests and burdens, and conservation development are also evaluated.
The results of the evaluation show that recognition of ecosystem services within comprehensive plans and land development regulations is highly variable, but that there is ample opportunity for integration. The findings can be used to guide advocacy for enhancing ecosystem services in local law and policy and the overall research framework can be adapted to different geographical locations.