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Public Money on Private Lands: WMRD Proposed Legislation and GSI Cost Sharing

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently promoting pending House Bill 4659, which advances a Residential Cost Share Program that seeks reduction of basement backup flooding, and elimination of sewer system infiltration and inflow. The proposed legislation would permit MWRD to help fund work on private property, via cost share programs […]

DC Water Green Certification Program

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation have announced that they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Program, which will certify workers who install, inspect and maintain green infrastructure.  It is expected that the program will be refined over next two years.

St. Louis Starts ‘Greenscaping’ on Vacant Lands

The Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District is piloting a green infrastructure program on vacant lands as part of its Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan (CSO LTCP). MSD’s program includes several important approaches which will be illuminating to other cities with large supplies of vacant lands. The partnership pilot with a local economic development […]

Vancouver City Council Passes “Rainwater Plan”

Vancouver City Council has just passed a new Rainwater Management Plan and Green Infrastructure Strategy to capture 90% of the city’s stormwater.  The strategists behind the plan were able to achieve understanding of the plan though key approaches such as calling it a ‘rainwater’ plan and explaining it in non-technical terms that demonstrate how the […]

Green Infrastructure and Public Health

A new Routledge book, Green Infrastructure and Public Health, by Christopher Coutts, attempts to comprehensively convey the relationships between green infrastructure and public health, helping to advance data-driven case making for

National Study on Urban Flooding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing options for a national review of urban flooding. The FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act directs FEMA to conduct a nationwide review on the prevalence, causes, and costs of urban flooding. In a letter to Senator Durbin and Representative Quigley, Roy Wright, FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator, outlined next steps […]

NACTO Conference Travel Support

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) will hold their Designing Cities Conference on September 26-29 in Seattle. The conference will include discussions on green and complete streets, as NACTO launches their new Urban Street Design Guide. Our supporter, the Summit Foundation, has provided travel support for cities that do not have the resources […]

National Recreation and Park Association: GSI in Parks – A Call for Ideas

Through a partnership with The JPB Foundation, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is exploring the social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure projects in parks, especially in underserved communities. Great Urban Parks Campaign grant funding will support on-the-ground projects in several communities and will also help NRPA develop resources and training programs on […]

Representatives Kilmer and Heck Introduce Green Stormwater Legislation

Two key pieces of legislation that seek to create incentives for State, Tribal and local governments and private individuals, to invest in GSI have been introduced by Representatives Kilmer (D-WA) and Heck (D-WA). The Green Stormwater Infrastructure Expenditures Tax Credit Act seeks to establish a new federal tax credit program allowing private citizens and organizations […]