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-->control of flooding and erosion; -->control of hazardous materials to prevent release of pollutants into the environment (source control); -->planning and construction of stormwater systems so contaminants are removed before they pollute surface waters or groundwater resources;
-->acquisition and protection of natural waterways or rehabilitation;
-->building "soft" structures such as ponds, swales or wetlands or Green Infrastructure solutions to work with existing or "hard" drainage structures, such as pipes and concrete channels;
-->development of funding approaches to stormwater programs potentially including stormwater user fees and the creation of a stormwater utility;
-->development of long-term asset management programs to repair and replace aging infrastructure;
-->revision of current stormwater regulations to address comprehensive stormwater needs;enhancement and enforcement of existing ordinances to make sure property owners consider the effects of stormwater before, during and after development of their land;
-->education of a community about how its actions affect water quality, and about what it can do to improve water quality; and
-->planning carefully to create solutions before problems become too great.
 Washington State Department of Ecology (2005). Olympia, WA. "Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington." Publication No. 05-10-029.
 Debo, Tom; Reese, Andrew (2003). "Chapter 2. Stormwater Management Programs". Municipal Stormwater Management. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN 1-56670-584-3.