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Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations

February 11, 1994

On February 11, 1994, President Clinton signed E.O. 12898 which directs federal agencies to make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, economic and social effects of its activities on minority and low-income populations.  Agencies are further directed to identify potential effects and mitigation measures in consultation with affected communities.

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EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant Program

1994

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. The program uses grants to strengthen community-based programs that engage overburdened communities and build partnerships to promote environmental well-being and improve public health. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative projects that focus on climate resiliency and adaptation in communities with environmental justice concerns.

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Prince William County Stormwater Fee

1994

Prince William County, Virginia established a stormwater utility in 1994 to pay for the county's stormwater management plan.  Landowners of developed properties pay a fee based upon the amount of impervious surface on their property.  In 2014, the county assessed fees of $38.21/year for owners of single family homes, $28.69/year for owners of townhomes or apartments, and business owners are charged $18.56 per 1,000 sq. ft. of impervious area.  

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Capital Region Business Resiliency Initiative and Toolkit (Sacramento, California)

The Business Resiliency Initiative (BRI) was launched in the Sacramento Capital Region of California to increase awareness and preparedness for continuity risks faced by small and medium businesses. The Initiative aims to minimize the impacts of an economic crisis potentially caused by unforeseen disaster - recognizing the increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events and climate change related impacts such as fire, flood, drought and storms. The project is built around designing an effective regional resiliency framework that can be replicated across the country.

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Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program

EPA's Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program provides technical support and financial resources to states to increase water and energy efficiency in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.

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EPA Region 5 Water Quality Cooperative Agreements (66.463 grants)

Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these grants are designed to help states, Indian tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations address water pollution. Grant recipients develop, implement, and demonstrate innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

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EPA Climate Change and Water Website

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water Climate Change page provides links to resources that can be used to learn more about current climate-related activities within the agency and beyond. One key document provided on the site is the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change which provides an overview of the likely effects of climate change on water resources and the nation's clean water and safe drinking water programs. Links to newsletters, meeting calendar, and other climate information from EPA are provided.

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Denver Water Climate Change Website

Denver Water is the water utility serving the City and County of Denver, Colorado and a member of Water Utility Climate Alliance. Website presents climate-related priorities that relate to current water supply projects and integrated resource plan in response to uncertain future conditions.

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Washington Department of Ecology Clearinghouse: Impacts, Preparation, Adaptation Resources

The Washington Department of Ecology developed a central clearinghouse to store resources with scientific and technical information related to the impacts of climate change on different sectors in Washington. Resources in the clearinghouse are generally organized by the same sectors within the statewide adaptation plan, the '2012 Washington State Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy' (which also is reviewed in this Clearinghouse). Efforts to maintain and expand the clearinghouse help address several recommendations made in the 2012 Strategy.

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EPA Environmental Finance Center Grants

Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) are funded by grants from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide environmental-finance expertise and outreach to states, tribes, local governments, and the private sector. The EFCs work with these entities to help them fund, finance, and manage the growing costs of environmental protection and compliance. The EFCs provide finance-related training, education, and analytical studies to help state and communities develop solutions for paying for initiative and programs required to meet environmental standards set by federal laws such as the Clean Water Act.

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