Sustainable Stormwater Management

A Landscape-Driven Approach to Planning and Design


By Thomas W. Liptan

With J. David Santen

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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around July 26, 2017. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

An essential addition to the landscape design library
Nature devises ingenious systems for the management and delivery of water in all its phases. No additional infrastructure is required—the water systems are in place, naturally. But once the natural environment has been disrupted by human development, stormwater becomes an issue that requires intervention and ongoing management. Sustainable Stormwater Management, by leading expert Tom Liptan, provides landscape students and professionals with a green approach to landscape design. The hardworking book includes comprehensive information on how to design, install, and maintain a landscape for sustainable stormwater management. It addresses stormwater in the urban environment, relevant environmental and economic policies, and shares case studies of exemplary projects from around the world.



  • “A must-have resource for design firms—clearly the most comprehensive resource available.” —Ed Snodgrass, co-author of The Green Roof Manual, Green Roof Plants, and Small Green Roofs

    “Provides inspiring philosophical, technical, and aesthetic rationales for ‘putting the water in the landscape’ to create greener, more sustainable—and more humane—cities.” —Mike Houck, director of Urban Greenspaces Institute

    “I am sure this will become the bible for planners, designers, and engineers.” —Dusty Gedge, president of European Federation of Green Roof and Walls Associations, co-author of Small Green Roofs

    “A national leader in the sustainable stormwater movement, Tom Liptan traces the roots of the green infrastructure movement and takes the mystery out of how to design with nature.” —Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, principal and landscape architect of Mayer/Reed, Inc.

    “This book is a comprehensive collection of opportunities for handling stormwater. The book’s material on green roofs and walls. . . is particularly good.” —Landscape Architecture Magazine

    “Well designed and heavily illustrated. . . . a worthwhile addition to landscape architecture and urban planning collections.” —Choice Magazine

    “A visually rich guide, with numerous, well-chosen images to illustrate the key points discussed. Its main strength is the presentation of a range of case studies of stormwater management in urban areas.” —The Garden

    “Beautiful. . . . attractive, instructive, and good-natured book.” —Planning Magazine

On Sale
Jul 26, 2017
Page Count
288 pages
Timber Press

Thomas W. Liptan

About the Author

Tom Liptan is a registered landscape architect (Oregon) and is the Ecoroof Technical Manager with the City of Portland, OR, Bureau of Environmental Services. He has researched and developed numerous vegetated approaches (green infrastructure) for rain/stormwater management and has designed, monitored and maintained many projects, including numerous ecoroofs. He has also influenced and helped shape city policy and code modifications. His work has been recognized internationally and he has presented papers at conferences and universities in the USA, Canada, England, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.

J. David Santen Jr. is a freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon.


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