Research & Resources : Manuals

National LID Manuals & Resources

EPA 2000. LID Literature Review

EPA 2010. Green Infrastructure Case Studies: Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure

EPA 2009. Water Quality Scorecard: Incorporating Green Infrastructure Practices at the Municipal, Neighborhood, and Site Scales

The EPA recently announced an updated Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda. This release, titled Strategic Agenda to Protect Waters and Build More Livable Communities through Green Infrastructure, provides some clues about what EPA is working on next to advance LID on a national level. Please find the press release here. The PDF version of agenda can be found here.

Texas LID Manuals & Resources


Harris County LID Criteria

Check out the new Harris County LID Criteria adopted in April 2011!

Austin / Pflugerville:

City of Austin Environmental Criteria Manual

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA):

LCRA’s Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance and Technical Manual includes many of the LID approaches, provides incentives, and includes a spreadsheet modeling approach to design the stormwater system. The Ordinance also emphasizes non-technical LID strategies such as natural area preservation and pre-development planning meetings, which provide an opportunity for staff to identify LID strategies for potential inclusion in the site’s water quality management plan. For more information, including a map of the regulated area, please visit the LCRA water program webpage.

Dallas / Fort Worth:

North Central Texas Council of Governments iSWM Program & Manual

San Antonio:

The following document Modeling Change:Locating Opportunities for LID in Urban Areas is an analysis of the Upper San Antonio River Watershed focusing on LID in the existing urban environment. It was prepared as part of a year-long comprehensive landscape planning and ecological design studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The project developed a conceptual geospatial model to locate priority areas for LID implementation. It also seeks to promote LID in the San Antonio area. While not a regulatory document, it provides an interesting framework and approach for examining priority LID placement within a watershed.Please note this is a very large file and download may take several minutes.

San Marcos:

San Marcos Green Infrastructure – LID Practices


Edwards Aquifer Technical Guidance Manual.

Guidance on the rules that apply specifically to the Edwards Aquifer.

Texas Integrated Report for Clean Water Act Sections 305(b) and 303(d). Formerly called the Texas Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List.

The Integrated Report evaluates the quality of surface waters in Texas, including concerns for public health, fitness for use by aquatic species and other wildlife, and specific pollutants and their possible sources.

NEW!!! Regional Guidance Manuals from 2010-2011 Workshop Series

As a result of the 2010-2011 LID workshop series held across several different Texas regions, the workshop team produced LID Guidance Manuals for the regions listed below. The purpose of these manuals is to provide an overview and technical guidance of the various LID techniques appropriate for your region. These manuals are not meant to trump any existing guidance or regulations which may currently exist.

Arlington LID Guidance Manual

Corpus Christi LID Guidance Manual

Lower Rio Grande Valley LID Guidance Manual

Pflugerville LID Guidance Manual

San Antonio LID Guidance Manual

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