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New York State Bridge Scour Program

January 2014

New York has announced a program to upgrade 105 critical bridges across the state by repairing existing scour damage and increasing resilience to future damage from floods and extreme weather events.   The Bridge Scour Program will ensure that the essential transportation infrastructure remains safe and provides access for emergency responders during the severe weather events that have become more common in New York and may further increase in frequency and severity under future climate conditions.

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“Reimagining New York for a New Reality” Transportation Investments

January 7, 2014

In January 2014 during the State of the State address, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced a plan to invest $17 billion to rebuild New York’s infrastructure, including transportation systems, more resiliently in light of increasingly frequent extreme weather events. The comprehensive rebuilding program includes major reconstruction of the transit system, renovations to many old bridges, a new extensive weather detection system, and creation of a fuel reserve and backup power for gas stations along critical routes.

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Massachusetts Coastal Resilience Grant Program

2014

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program through its StormSmart Coasts Program which provides financial and technical resources to advance local efforts to increase natural storm damage protection, flood control, and coastal community resilience. Eligible projects can be in the areas of: vulnerability and risk assessment; public education and communication; local bylaws, adaptation plans, and other management measures; redesigns and retrofits; and natural storm-damage protection/green infrastructure.

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Massachusetts Green Bonds

2014

In 2014, the state of Massachusetts issued $350 million in “green bonds” to fund water infrastructure projects, including stream bed restoration, open-space protection, and stormwater management. The difference between green and traditional bonds, is that the the proceeds form the sale of green bonds are used for projects that are beneficial to the environment. Investors who buy green bonds are paid interest and principal from the same revenues as other municipal bonds.

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Maryland Community Resiliency Grants / CoastSmart Communities Grants

Maryland uses its Coastal Zone Management grant funding from NOAA to help local governments plan for an implement projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Historically, Maryland Department of Natural Resources allocated funds only to coastal communities because the grants were funded through NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.  However, in the 2016 and 2017 grant years, DNR combined NOAA funds with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to also make grants to green infrastructure projects to address stormwater flooding outside of the coastal zone.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

Founded in 1987, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federal-state partnership program administered by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides low-interest loans and other low-cost financing for water infrastructure projects for eleven project types, including: constructing municipal wastewater facilities; controlling nonpoint sources of pollution; building decentralized wastewater treatment systems; creating green infrastructure projects; and protecting estuaries.

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Shore Up Connecticut Loan Program

October 29, 2013

Shore Up Connecticut (previously the Shoreline Resiliency Fund) is a low-interest loan program to provide financing to retrofit structures to be more resilient to impacts from flooding and extreme storms. The program was designed to provide financial assistance for flood-resilience retrofits for property owners that were not eligible for federal disaster aid after Sandy. Both home and business owners are eligible for loans under the program. In announcing the program, Governor Malloy noted that it would help residents prepare for and adapt to the changing environment.

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Tucson AZ Rainwater Harvesting Rebates

September 2013

Since 2012, the City of Tucson, Arizona has provided over $2 million in rebates for the Rainwater Harvesting Rebates Program, which allows the city’s water utility, Tucson Water, to subsidize the installation of rainwater catchment systems on residential properties throughout the city. The installations increase tree canopy cover, which helps to more effectively manage rainwater resources throughout the year. To increase project participation within low-income neighborhoods, the program provides grants and loans. These systems work to significantly reduce potable water use, push residents to move beyond sustainable practices and towards regenerative practices, and enhance the quality of life by extending the amount of tree canopy across Tucson. 

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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.                                

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EPA Nonpoint Source Grant Program for States and Territories

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nonpoint Source Program (CFDA Number: 66.460) provides formula grants under section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for state and territory nonpoint source (NPS) management programs to minimize water pollution related to runoff from rain events or snow melt.

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