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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

2017

The Urban Land Institute has found that real estate developers are incorporating green infrastructure stormwater management requirements into their business models. This report analyzes current stormwater policies and describes a variety of real estate development projects that have responded to them. The report details some of the latest advancements in stormwater management regulations cities are taking to address aging infrastructure, combined sewer overflows, and flood frequency, that is amplified by climate change.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Katharine Burgess

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region

2017

From the RAND Corporation - a global nonprofit research organization - this report addresses stormwater management and sewer overflow issues in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region within Allegheny County. The research behind this project provided the baseline science needed first to address this system future, in the face of climate change. This research is designed to support improved stormwater, wastewater, and climate resilience planning in the Pittsburgh region - and offers a robust framework for other cities facing these issues.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The RainReady Approach: Linking Municipalities and Residents to Manage Urban Flooding with Distributed Green and Grey Infrastructure

2017

This paper presents approaches to residential flood mitigation through the RainReady program, developed by the non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Urban flood mitigation programs may be designed in a number of ways, as illustrated by two case studies that each offer unique outcomes for flood risk analysis and reduction; community participation; and distributed stormwater infrastructure design.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcella Bondie Keenan, Anna Wolf

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My RainReady

2017

My RainReady is a free, online tool that helps building owners diagnose the flooding risks of single-family homes and small apartment buildings, and find the best means of reducing the risk of damage from urban flooding.  After the user answers a series of guided questions, My RainReady provides a tailored flood mitigation and preparedness measures, such as landscaping and construction improvements. My RainReady provides a customized report that suggests a mix of home maintenance and DIY improvements, landscaping and construction options, and flood preparedness actions.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Author or Affiliated User: Marcella Bondie Keenan

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

May 2017

In May 2017, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency released a guide on how stormwater management agencies could work with parks departments to integrate green infrastructure solutions into park lands. The guide walks municipalities through the steps of developing a green infrastructure program including: (1) identifying and engaging partners, (2) building relationships, (3) leveraging funding, (4) identifying opportunities for green infrastructure, (5) planning maintenance, and (6) undertaking pilot projects.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Priorities and Tactics for Unlocking Resources

2017

The Field Guide to CSO+ is designed to inform communities who need to integrate solutions for combined sewer overflows (CSOs); specifically, is meant to help city/utility officials work with elected officials to address CSO mitigation. The guide is focused on how to pursue a project that addresses CSOs while simultaneously attending to other top city priorities, such as public housing or health, all with the goal of “creating win-wins and opening up nontraditional funding/financing options.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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DC Water Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the water utility in Washington, D. C. , has announced the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), an innovative bond to fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Version 3.0 Methodology Guide

May 2016

This guide is a supplement describing how to use the EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Version 3.0, a tool designed for local drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities to conduct climate change risk assessments. CREAT and this guide are part of the EPA’s Climate Water Ready Utilities suite of resources.

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

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Sustainable Water Infrastructure Website

May 2016

The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Website, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, consists of a collection of resources relating to sustainable water infrastructure (SWI). The website aims to educate users on the variety of components that make up sustainable water infrastructure, and to provide data and tools to help state and local officials implement SWI.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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