The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Pima County $65,000 to develop a green infrastructure guidance manual.

The funds will help the Pima County Regional Flood Control District to create a storm water management guide for developers and homeowners.

“It will be of a great assistance to use in making sure what we put together is a top notch process and standard for arid areas like Pima County and Southern Arizona,” said Susan Shields, director of the flood control district.

Shields said the purpose of the manual is to provide information on low-impact development standards aimed at reducing storm water pollution.

The county already has a draft of the manual and will use the funds to conduct an independent review of the material, she said.

Shields said the guide should be completed by next year.