Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions
Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water
American Rivers’ new report evaluates the groundbreaking water infrastructure investment in green infrastructure pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation.
Our report highlights how states have been using their allotment of federal dollars. Nearly 30 percent of state water infrastructure dollars went to green strategies—well over and above what was mandated by the Act. We highlight innovative examples of how communities have used these funds and make recommendations for how these funds should be used and improved in the future to ensure clean and reliable water.
American Rivers helped secure important water infrastructure funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA required that states use 20% of their allocation under the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds for green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency and environmental innovation. Communities across the country have benefitted from these projects that provide multiple benefits in addition to clean water such as reduced flooding and energy use, and cooler temperatures.
This green funding set aside has been continued for FY10, and there is now almost $700 million available nationwide for projects including green roofs, green streets, and water efficiency.