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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

Naturally Stronger: How Natural Water Infrastructure Can Save Money and Improve Lives

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Communities in the United States are being threatened by sewage overflows, flooding, polluted stormwater, leaky pipes, and at-risk water supplies. These threats are a result of our nation’s outdated water infrastructure and water management strategies, and their impacts fall disproportionately on low-wealth neighborhoods and communities of color that are... Read More

Weathering Change

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support destructive, inflexible infrastructure projects, while important programs... Read More

Getting Climate Smart

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Urban Waters
A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to warm the planet and fuel extreme weather, it is critical that states... Read More

Panel Review of the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is more than 15,000 pages long and covers a wide range of issues ranging from water supply, new facility construction, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem management, governance and costs. Few outside of the handful of people deeply involved in BDCP actually know what is... Read More

Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Across the country, communities are struggling with how to fix and replace failing and outdated infrastructure and meet new demand to manage stormwater and protect clean water. American Rivers worked with the American Society of Landscape Architects, ECONorthwest, and the Water Environment Federation to release the “Banking on Green”... Read More