WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new DVD called “Reduce Runoff: Slow it Down, Spread it out, Soak it in!” that includes four educational videos that provide an introduction to controlling runoff in urban areas. According to the EPA, the videos can help fulfill the outreach requirements for EPA’s Stormwater MS4 program as well as helping with outreach for other purposes.

This DVD compilation includes:
• Reduce Runoff: Slow it Down, Spread it Out, Soak it In — an introductory video on reducing stormwater runoff and its harmful effects on the environment (8:43 minutes);
• RiverSmart Homes: Getting Smart about Runoff in Washington, DC — video regarding the District of Columbia’s RiverSmart Homes program which provides assistance to citizens to install various practices such as trees, rain barrels, and rain gardens (12:00 minutes);
• Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia — a look at an environmentally friendly housing complex in Philadelphia (11:00 minutes); and
• After the Storm — a popular vide co-produced by EPA and The Weather Channel in 2004 to educate the public about watersheds and what they can do to clean up their watershed including implementing practices to address stormwater (21:39 minutes).

Copies of the DVD may be ordered from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) by emailing nscep@bps-lmit.com or calling 800-490-9198. Include the EPA document number EPA 842-11-001 when ordering. The videos also are posted in small-screen format at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/green/video.cfm; the website provides an FTP link for broadcast-quality videos.