Low Impact Development

Low impact development (LID) is designed to reduce the negative impacts of traditional development on our water resources and attempts to preserve the predevelopment hydrology of a site to enable more effective and natural landscape features that treat stormwater as a resource.

Low Impact Development can:

  • Lower Flood Risk
  • Replenish Groundwater Reserves
  • Reduce Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Lower Building Energy Demands
  • Protect Water Resources
  • Limit Erosion
  • Reduce Stress on Municipal Sewer Systems

For additional information about low impact development, please visit the following resources:

  • CT Nemo Program: The Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program provides information, education and assistance to local land use officials and other community groups on how they can accommodate growth while protecting natural resources and community character. Please visit the NEMO Program website for more information on NEMO sponsored training sessions, LID mapping and more.
  • University of Connecticut CLEAR The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) oversees the NEMO program and works with communities to protect water quality through better land use practices. Visit the CLEAR website for more information on rain garden training sessions, LID mapping and more.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency: The U.S. EPA Nonpoint Source Outreach (NPS) Toolbox is designed to help state and local agencies educate the public on nonpoint resources. Please visit the NPS website for outreach materials, media campaigns and more. 
  • University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center: The University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center is dedicated to the protection of water resources through effective stormwater management.
  • Sustainable CT LID Brochure:This brochure was developed by Sustainable CT and offers descriptions and examples of potential LID projects and also offers additional resources for communities looking to invest in LID.  

Invasive Species Information

Invasive species are non-native plants that disrupt natural ecosystems and cause environmental and economic harm by crowding out native plants thereby altering the way that plants, animals, soil and water interact within native ecosystems. The introduction of invasive species often has negative impacts on entire ecosystems in addition to the harm that one plant species experiences.

For additional information on Invasive Species, please visit the following resources:

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group: The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group(CIPWG)’s mission is to provide information about the presence, distribution, ecological impacts, and management of invasive species. CIPWG strives to promote native and non-invasive alternatives. Visit CIPWG’s website to access educational tools, workshops, and to learn more about invasive species removal events throughout CT.  

CT DEEP: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s invasive species webpage offers fact sheets on common invasive species throughout CT and lists additional statute information on invasive species management. Visit their website for more information.

CT Forest & Park Association: The Connecticut Forest & Park Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting forest, parks, walking trails, and open spaces in Connecticut for future generations. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association has produced flash cards on common invasive species in Connecticut complete with descriptions and pictures. Visit the above link to access the flash cards.