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Resource Type: Collection of Resources    Topic: Other Best Practices

USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection

Although all methods of source water protection are important, this document from American Water Works Association, USDA Tools to Support Source Water Protection, focuses specifically on collaborations between water systems and the agricultural community, which includes farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and their partners. We encourage utilities seeking information on source water protection practices to review AWWA’s Source Water Protection Resource Community as well as AWWA’s G300 standard on source water protection and to consult with relevant state and local partners.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

A Review of New Jersey Water Bank Financing for Green Infrastructure Projects

This report issued by New Jersey Future, A Review of New Jersey Water Bank Financing for Green Infrastructure Projects, is the culmination of a year-long partnership with I-Bank and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to improve access to the program’s low-cost green infrastructure financing and continues to move the I-Bank into innovative areas of lending beyond traditional “gray” infrastructure.

Read more about the project here.

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure & Health Guide

This guide, Green Infrastructure & Health, provides some general principles, best practices, and experiences about how best to use green infrastructure to promote better health equity. It is designed for use by managers, engineers, community organizations, planners, and others who are siting, designing, building, and stewarding green infrastructure in urban areas and rural towns across Canada and the United States. The guide is a product of several Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange cities coming together to build stronger partnerships between green infrastructure providers and health providers. The guide is organized in sections that can help green infrastructure providers and their partners answer important questions about how green infrastructure can improve health.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Effective and Financially Sustainable Systems

Informing, Improving, and Expanding Water Quality and Financing through Advanced Data Management

Informing, Improving, and Expanding Water Quality and Financing through Advanced Data Management

Over the past three decades, billions of federal, state, and local dollars have been deployed to support water infrastructure projects and other programs that reduce point and nonpoint sources of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center examined the trends that emerged in terms of project characteristics that drive successful outcomes and identified gaps in how funders collect evaluation data. After analyzing 699 projects across two major Bay-wide funders, the EFC provided recommendations for improving the impact of grant-funded programs and projects. Specifically, the EFC recommended that funders establish a process to better coordinate data collection efforts in order to assess and improve future program evaluation and regional investment. The complete findings and recommendations are detailed in the report.

Resource Type: Case Study | Report    Topic: Lead in Drinking Water

Putting children first: Tackling lead in water in child care facilities

Addressing lead in water in child care facilities presents a significant opportunity to reduce lead exposure for many vulnerable children in a single location, with reasonable effort. To succeed in testing and remediating lead in water, child care facility operators, state licensing agencies, and health departments will need support from EPA, water utilities, and NSF International, as well as the families they serve.

This report, Putting children first: Tackling lead in water in child care facilities, provides recommendations for each of these critical audiences.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Other Best Practices

Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action

This report, Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture, aims to help water leaders envision the various ways that arts and culture can advance One Water goals, and how they can most effectively partner with artists and cultural leaders. It catalogues more than 30 real-world examples of effective projects and artistic collaborations, complete with in-depth case studies.

The blueprint presents a framework that can demonstrate the myriad ways in which arts and culture strategies can be effective, focused on seven strategies for how arts and culture can:

  1. Help people understand and connect to water;
  2. Inform water resource planning with new perspectives;
  3. Engage communities in participatory processes;
  4. Build bridges across different sectors and stakeholder groups;
  5. Mitigate the disruptive effect of construction projects;
  6. Integrate water infrastructure into the fabric of a community; and
  7. Support community activism.

Resource Type: White Paper    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

Menu of State Policy Options for Green Infrastructure

This document produced by the U.S. Green Building Council, Menu of State Policy Options for Green Infrastructure, is an introduction to leading policy practices to harness the benefits of green infrastructure and achieve greater sustainability outcomes through high-performing buildings and infrastructure. The resource can help state legislatures take decisive action to expand green infrastructure practices.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Other Best Practices

Mainstreaming Potable Water Reuse in the United States: Strategies for Leveling the Playing Field

This report, Mainstreaming Potable Water Reuse in the United States: Strategies for Leveling the Playing Field, is intended to inform the broader dialogue about water reuse through a specific focus on potable reuse. The goals are to help municipalities and utilities that are considering potable reuse develop their approach and to help advance the efforts of those who are ready to implement projects.

 

Resource Type: Handout | Report    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

Working with the Market: Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

This report, Working with the Market: Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure, will help stormwater program managers leverage market forces to drive implementation and investment in green infrastructure that meets their needs. Over the next 20 years, communities across the U.S. are likely to invest upwards of $150 billion to manage stormwater infrastructure and the associated impacts on water quality, hydrology, and health.  It was developed as a product of the 2016 fall dialogue hosted by the National Network on Water Quality Trading, written in partnership with Storm & Stream Solutions LLC, and with collaboration from WEF’s Stormwater Institute.

Working with the Market: Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Read the full report or the summary handout.

 

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

Storm Smart Cities: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans

This guide, Storm Smart Cities: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, is a case study of Huntington, West Virginia and early efforts to consider how green infrastructure could be incorporated into local hazard mitigation plans.  It follows a partnership of local, state, and federal organizations and their collaborative effort to address local flooding and protect water quality.  While the effort is ongoing, the Storm Smart Cities guide captures some early lessons learned that can benefit other communities interested in pursuing a similar approach.  It includes recommendations for communities on integrating green infrastructure into local hazard mitigation plans.

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