Month: August 2017

River Network Equitable Practices Webinars

This two-part webinar series supports watershed organizations working towards equitable solutions. The first webinar addresses “The What, Why, and How of Relevancy, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity” while the second focuses on “Grappling with Unconscious Bias for More Inclusive Water Protection & Restoration.” 0

NACWA Environmental Justice Report

The National Assoc. of Clean Water Agencies released a report entitled, “Opportunities for Municipal Clean Water Utilities to Advance Environmental Justice & Community Service.” The report features case studies and key findings from DC Water, Camden County, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and more. 0

State Laws Inhibit Water Bill Assistance

This article features a new report published by the University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center and explains how utilities in nearly every state are met with obtrusive state laws when trying to make water service more affordable for their low income customers. 0

Member Spotlight

Andy Szatko, Environmental Quality Control Technician for Omaha’s Stormwater Program, and much appreciated Exchange Member As an Environmental Quality Control Technician and MS4 Manager, Andy Szatko oversees all program elements in the City of Omaha’s Stormwater Program. He is also active in educating the Omaha community about green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and often gives presentations at schools, […]

WE&RF Research Project Will Create New Cost Database for Stormwater Infrastructure 

WE&RF recently awarded a contract for a research project entitled “Community-Enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC).” CLASIC will: Collect and analyze cost data on both green and gray infrastructure. Create a separate database to allow for detailed cost tracking. This new database can be linked to the International Stormwater BMP database. Click here to learn more about CLASIC. 0

Report Explores GSI’s Ecosystem Services and Implementation Strategies 

The UK’s Houses of Parliament published its “Urban Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services” report to identify the benefits that natural systems such as GSI provide to humans, such as: Urban temperature regulation Improved air quality Noise reduction The report also provides strategies jurisdictions use when making the case for green infrastructure, including the UN’s Sustainable ‘Development Goals […]

WRF’s Water Infrastructure Resiliency Project 

The Water Research Foundation recently began a new project entitled “Resilient Water Infrastructure: Improving Understanding and Assessing Needs,” with the intended outcomes of: Developing a common definition for “resilient infrastructure” Identifying existing resources, efforts, best practices, and partnerships to address water infrastructure resilience Pinpointing research needs that would provide guidance for water utilities Click here to learn more. 0

New EPA Resources Available 

Click here to register for the EPA’s Green Infrastructure Webcast Series. Search through the Water Finance Clearinghouse here, which provides lists of water infrastructure resources and funds currently available. Click here for a link to EPA’s new guide entitled “Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement.”   0

How Cities Can Utilize Green Banks

The director of strategy and finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation answered questions to provide context and examples for how cities can use green banks to finance their sustainable infrastructure projects. Key takeaways include: Green banks can help a city implement more equitable public-private partnerships Money put into green banks should be “patient” and low-cost Each individual […]