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EPA Offers Communities New Tool for Achieving Smart Growth and Water Quality Goals

Release Date: 07/07/2004
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Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 /

(07/07/04) EPA has released a new report that will help communities protect water resources and achieve smart growth. Some of the adverse effects of growth and development include: loss of woodlands, meadowlands, and wetlands, and increased polluted run-off. Smart growth is development that is good for the economy, public health and the environment. The report documents 75 innovative approaches -- including redeveloping abandoned properties, encouraging rooftop gardens, creating shared parking, and promoting tree planting -- that state and local governments and water quality professionals can use to achieve their smart growth and water quality goals. To receive a free copy of the report, send an email to: or call 1-800-490-9198 and request EPA publication 231-R-04-002. The report and more information about smart growth are also available at: