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EPA Financing Green Infrastructure: A Best Practices Guide for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

2015

This best practices guide from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents methods through which Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs can be better utilized by states to fund and support green infrastructure projects at the agency or local level. The guide organizes best practice methods into four categories:

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Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

November 19, 2014

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC) is a macro scale, semi-distributed hydrologic model that solves full water and energy balances, originally developed by Xu Liang at the University of Washington. VIC is a research model and in its various forms it has been applied to most of the major river basins around the world, as well as being applied globally. 

Author or Affiliated User: Xu Liang

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Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure Financing Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers

December 2014

 This EPA report provides local governments with information on available financing and funding sources for stormwater management projects and examples of those funding sources put to use. The appendix of the report includes a case study analyzing Providence, Rhode Island’s stormwater management capabilities and providing recommendations.

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California Proposition 1 - Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, Water Bond

November 14, 2014

Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 - is a $7.545 billion general obligation bond measure approved by California voters on Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. The measure will provide funding for needed investments as part of a statewide, comprehensive water plan for California. In part, the Act was passed to help the state address the drought and the impacts of climate change on water supplies and ecosystems.  

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Hampshire Drinking Water Climate Change Resilience Plan

October 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (DWGB) developed this action plan to guide the Bureau’s activities in building resilience  to climate change impacts in community water systems across the state. The plan identifies examples of adaptation measures for community water systems as well as priority action items DWGB will take with regard to policies, operations, regulations, education/outreach, and technical assistance to help drinking water systems prepare for and respond to climate impacts.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: SB1168, SB1319 and AB1739

September 16, 2014

Approved by Governor Jerry Brown on September 16, 2014, the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implements new groundwater rules for California. Effective as of January 1, 2015, the three-bill package will create local agencies to oversee groundwater extraction, changing the state’s historic practice of allowing landowners to extract any water that lies beneath their land.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rio Grande Water Fund - Comprehensive Plan for Wildfire and Water Source Protection, New Mexico

July 2014

The Rio Grande Water Fund and The Nature Conservancy developed this Comprehensive Plan to guide forest restoration projects, and outline a funding plan to ensure New Mexico’s water security through the restoration of forested watersheds connected to the Rio Grande. The plan sets the priorities for allocating funding to areas with important water sources and high wildfire risk. With reduced snowpack and hotter summer temperatures contributing to greater risk of severe wildfire, this plan represents an adaptation strategy to both moderate wildfire risk and to protect water quality and supply for New Mexico.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Interior, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy to form a Green Infrastructure Collaborative to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Connecticut Public Act 14-163: An Act Concerning the Responsibilities of the Water Planning Council

July 1, 2014

Connecticut Public Act 14-163 directs the Connecticut Water Planning Council to engage in a three year process for writing a comprehensive statewide water plan for the management of water resources in the state. This plan will identify quantities and qualities of water available, present and projected demands for water resources, appropriate regions in the state for comprehensive water planning, and will establish guidelines and incentives for consumer water conservation, taking into account energy efficiency.

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