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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015

March 31, 2015

Under the New York State (NYS) 2015 - 2016 budget agreement approved on March 31, 2015 by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo’s administration, $200 million will be allocated to the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects - some of which is earmarked for sea level rise resiliency projects. 

Related Organizations: New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York State Department of Health

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Prince George’s County Clean Water Partnership FAQs

March 2015

In Prince George's County, Maryland, the county has created the Clean Water Partnership, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to finance green infrastructure projects and improve water quality.  The P3 is between Prince George’s County government, and Corvias Solutions, a private company that partners with public sector institutions to address environmental, energy and infrastructure challenges. This $100 million, 30-year stormwater P3 aims to meet environmental regulatory requirements in a cost and time-effective manner.

Related Organizations: Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, Corvias Solutions

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Green Values - National Stormwater Management Calculator

The National Stormwater Management Calculator is one tool found in the “Green Values” Stormwater Toolbox developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The National Green Values Calculator (GVC) is focused on stormwater run-off reduction, and is a tool for comparing the performance, costs, and benefits of green infrastructure, or Low Impact Development (LID), to conventional stormwater practices. The GVC is meant for a single site, or a campus of buildings contained on a single site.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York City Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects

2014

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program utilizes an adaptive management approach based on pilot project monitoring results and information collected and assessed from green infrastructure demonstration projects. Neighborhood Demonstration Areas were established in New York City pursuant to a March 2012 Modified Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This Order formalized the City’s inclusion of green infrastructure as an important component of its plan to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into local waterways, and improve the ecological health and quality of New York City harbor water.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits

December 2013

Created for the City of Arlington, Virginia the "Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits" provides details on the ranking and prioritizing process used in the city’s Watershed Retrofit Study. The scoring system is comprised of eight categories that each retrofit project was graded on. They include:

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan

November 2013

The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan focuses on the improved management of storm water, surface waters and groundwater in New Orleans, Louisiana, in response to flooding, land subsidence and “wasted water assets. ” The primary area of focus is 155 miles of urban areas and 69 square miles of protected wetlands in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. The plan discusses how climate change threatens to raise the frequency of extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. Considered along with land subsidence, residents and economic assets are at great risk - and pumping stormwater and keeping floodwaters out are both projected to become more difficult over time.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Boston Architectural College Green Alley Initiative

October 2013

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) installed a green alley demonstration project on its campus located in the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River.   The green alley used permeable pavement to allow stormwater to percolate through the road bed to recharge groundwater and filter pollutants.   The project was designed to be replicable and to help with public education on the benefits and design of green infrastructure. The purpose of the green alley is to reduce polluted runoff by filtering and redirecting rainfall to the groundwater table.

Related Organizations: Boston Architectural College, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook

August 2013

This guidebook, published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), provides examples of roadways projects within the Great Lakes Watershed that utilize green infrastructure methods to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff. Developed as a complement to the Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan, the guidebook offers support to municipalities interested in planning, designing, and constructing green streets.

Related Organizations: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Clean Water Act: Section 319 Grant Program

April 12, 2013

This US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding program is designed to help states reduce nonpoint source pollution (pollution caused by rainfall running over the ground and carrying pollutants including trash, oil and grease, and fertilizers into nearby waterways).  The program was authorized by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act which requires states to adopt a nonpoint source management program and assess nonpoint source pollution responsible for the water quality impairments. EPA provides funding to states under Section 319, and states can subgrants to local governments. EPA’s program guidance recognizes the “importance of green infrastructure … in managing stormwater” and supported awarding funding to green infrastructure projects.                                

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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