Results from Eco projects can help determine the effect of trees on aspects of the environment that are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts impose regulations that affect urban areas, the regulations affect urban development, funding, and management at local and state levels. As trees affect the environment, the ability to quantify these effects could lead to the incorporation of urban vegetation management strategies (and potential funding) to help meet these environmental regulations.
Urban trees can be incorporated as an emerging measure with State Implementation Plans to meet clean air regulations (http://www.epa.gov/ttncaaa1/t1/memoranda/evm_ievm_g.pdf). Urban trees also could be used to potentially meet clean water regulations associated with Total Maximum Daily Loads (http://www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/intro.html) and storm water programs (http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/sw/ms4/).
Section for FAQs regarding i-Tree Eco (UFORE)
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