Best Practices

Report on Innovative Practices and Strategies

This report, “Outside the Box: Innovative Practices and Strategies That Connect Land Use Decisions to Drinking Water Source Protection,“ was developed by Smart Growth America (SGA) and is designed as a follow-up to the Elements of An Effective State Source Water Protection Program report developed by the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) in 2008. This SGA report focuses on some of the most powerful tools identified over the course of the Enabling Source Water Protection project and includes examples of innovative and effective approaches that source protection programs have developed in response to common barriers to implementing source water protection. Where possible, there are links in the text to resources that will provide additional information, including contacts to the state practitioners who can provide the most up-to-date information.    

Webinar Series 

This series of webinars highlights the most innovative, replicable approaches from among the many addressed during the project. Some opportunities for enhanced protection of drinking water sources include:

For more information about our findings download our Summary Report or view the state profiles.

Note that this series of webinars was presented in Fall 2012, and represents work that is ongoing in the participating states.


The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds This EPA fact sheet presents the economic benefits of protecting healthy watersheds by highlighting examples from existing peer-reviewed literature and studies.

The Source Water Collaborative is comprised of 23 national organizations united to protect America’s sources of drinking water.

Source Water Stewardship: A guide to protecting and restoring your drinking water This handbook walks through a process for understanding Source Water Assessments, reaching out to others who are or should be involved in protecting and restoring drinking water quality, and designing an action plan for drinking water protection and restoration.