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  • Model Ordinance to Protect Local Resources -Many communities across the nation are facing challenges associated with natural resource degradation due to rapid growth and development. Local governments need to have legal authorities in place to shape development and to protect resources. This web site helps local governments by providing the necessary information needed to develop effective resource protection ordinances. (http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/ordinance/index.htm)
  • Wild Ones® supports weed laws that promote responsible native plant landscaping. (http://www.for-wild.org/weedlaws/weedlaw.html)
  • Louisiana State University Landscape Ordinance Research Site -A resource home page for urban design, city planning, urban forestry, site design, landscape architecture, architecture, site engineering, land use law and land development--highlighting legal standards and technical requirements for site development planning, tree preservation and landscape ordinance legislation. (http://www.greenlaws.lsu.edu)
  • EPA’s Green Landscaping Program (http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/)
  • A Source Book on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials (http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/toolkit/index.html)
  • Colorado’s Office of Smart Growth provides direct technical and financial assistance to local governments in the areas of land use planning and growth management. Helpful documents include the Water Efficient Landscape Design Model Ordinance and WaterWise Landscaping Best Practices Manual (http://www.dola.state.co.us/smartgrowth/resources.htm)
  • Texas Water Development Board provides information about the responsible use and development of water, including rainwater harvesting (http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/InfoSheets.asp)

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