DC Water CEO Explains EIB Approach on Infrastructure Podcast 

DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins was interviewed in an episode of “The Infrastructure Show” podcast to explain the program’s innovative approach to green infrastructure and its use of an Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) that allowed lenders to bet on its success. Listen to the episode here. The conversation on DC Water’s EIB begins about 13 minutes […]

Upcoming Conferences

November 6-9: Operation & Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures Conference in Denver, CO This conference, put on by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), will explore new advances, approaches, and lessons learned in the operation and maintenance of gray and green stormwater control infrastructure. Register for the upcoming conference here.

Save the Date for these 2018 Conferences 

May 7-8: WE&RF Research Conference in Atlanta, GA The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, will hold its annual Research Conference with the theme of “Advancing Reuse & Integrated Water.” The Call for Abstracts for the conference is currently open through November 7. June 3-7: World Environment and Water Resources […]

Environmental Justice Toolkit 

This article describes a policy recently mandated in National City, CA which requires that environmental justice “elements,” be part of the city’s general plan. Their example is included in the California Environmental Justice Alliance’s SB 1000 Implementation Toolkit, available here.

Water Equity Clearinghouse 

US Water Alliance released this online database that showcases innovative and promising practices in equitable water management and allows users to search for organizations by focus area, strategies, populations served, location, and more. They also released An Equitable Water Future briefing paper, which is the most comprehensive paper to date on the connections between water management and vulnerable communities living […]

Partnerships and Funding

WIFIA Program: The EPA will be hosting multiple information sessions and a webinar series to describe its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. View the full schedule here. NASA DEVELOP: This partnership program allows communities to use NASA’s observation technology to address their own environmental concerns, including water infrastructure. Read about NASA DEVELOP’s recent work with The Nature […]

Member Spotlight: Sarah Bloom

Sarah Bloom Watershed Planner; Client/Operations Representative & Technical Expert for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Capital Green Infrastructure Projects, and much appreciated Exchange Member and Planning Committee Member Sarah Bloom is part of a historic time for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The utility has launched a 20-yr Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) to upgrade the city’s […]

EDF Releases Guide for Public Sector Infrastructure Needs 

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)  released a report entitled, “Unlocking Private Capital to Finance Sustainable Infrastructure.” The framework highlights four important areas for attracting private investment in sustainable infrastructure: Suitable investment models Standardized performance measurement Transparent risk management Facilitating effective stakeholder engagement