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State of the Science on Restoring Western Headwater Mountain Streams

Biodiversity, Protecting Rivers, Science
Low-tech process based restoration (LTPBR) is a subset of process-based restoration (PBR) that seeks to re-establish natural stream processes by reconnecting incised streams with their floodplains and adjacent wetlands so that more frequent inundation of the floodplain occurs. Over the last decade, interest in designing and implementing LTPBR projects... Read More

The Multiple Benefits
of Floodplain Easements

Floods & Floodplains
An Assessment of Demand for Floodplain Easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin Download and read the report here. Floodplain easements are a land-management strategy that compensates landowners for permanently conserving flood-prone land. Floodplain easements provide multiple benefits, including storage of floodwater on the land, wildlife habitat, improved water... Read More

Green Infrastructure & Sustainable Stormwater Management

Ellerbe Creek Green Infrastructure Partnership A new Approach to Restoring Durham’s Streams and Rivers Our urban landscapes were not designed historically with the idea of protecting and restoring our natural environment. Weaving green stormwater infrastructure into an existing landscape can have significant benefits for both the human and natural... Read More

River Budget: National Priorities for Healthy Rivers and Clean Water (FY23)

Climate Change & Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Rivers are essential to life. They provide our drinking water, nurture fish and wildlife, power our economy, connect us to the natural world and are vital to healthy, thriving communities. Rivers also flow through the major challenges facing our country. Climate change is an existential threat, fueling record-breaking floods... Read More

Innovative Finance Approach for California Water Projects

Historically, the infrastructure that makes up our water systems has been funded by government grants, loans, and by traditional municipal bond issuances. Adding private investment, in the form impact bonds, P3s or outcomes-based financing, can create additional opportunities to deliver water projects efficiently and effectively. This report explores innovative... Read More

Sonoran Desert Green Infrastructure Resource Library

Conserving Clean Water, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
In recent years, green infrastructure has become a proven solution to address many of the challenges created by urban stormwater. By soaking up stormwater and harvesting it to grow trees and plants, green infrastructure can provide multiple benefits to landowners, neighborhoods and communities. Green infrastructure can be particularly useful... Read More

Protecting Drinking Water in the Great Lakes

Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
The principal law that regulates drinking water safety is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA provides a comprehensive set of water quality standards, enforcement authority, and reporting requirements for water systems that provide water to the public. Like other environmental laws that follow the cooperative federalism model,... Read More

Funding Green Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution
A twist on a familiar adage amongst water managers is “when it rains, it drains.” While not unique to Pennsylvania, in suburban and urban municipalities, centuries of strong growth, including recent decades of sprawl, have transformed much of the state’s natural land cover into extensive impervious surface. As a... Read More