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Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Leading-Edge Stormwater Financing Webinars

EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. 

Communities across the country are struggling to identify a financing strategy to support their stormwater management programs. This webinar series will explore both traditional stormwater financing strategies as well as new and innovative approaches. 

Each webinar will provide a deep-dive, technical overview of specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs. 

Audience: Municipal administrators, planners, public works officials, community leaders, technical assistance providers, and regional funders. 

Past Leading-Edge Stormwater Financing Webinars

Improving Return on Stormwater Investments Throuugh Crediting and Pay-For-Performance

This webinar, held January 31, 2019, provides an introduction to stormwater crediting and specific examples of pay-for-performance approaches in communities. Hear about how crediting can help you get more for your stormwater dollar and hear about successes, challenges, and lessons learned from Tennessee and Maryland.

  • Chad Praul, Founding Partner (Environmental Incentives LLC)
  • Erik Michelsen, Watershed Protection and Restoration Program Administrator (Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
  • Dave Smith, Program Manager (EPA Region 9)
  • Mo Minkara, Water Quality/MS4 Program Manager (City of Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Success with Stormwater Fees

This webinar, held September 12, 2018, provides specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs using stormwater fees. Hear about successes, challenges, and lessons learned from stormwater fees from speakers in Philadelphia, Santa Monica, and Abilene, Texas.

  • Philip Pickering, Engineering Supervisor; and Mike Romankiewicz, GIS Supervisor (Philadelphia Water Department, Pennsylvania)
  • Neal Shapiro, Watershed Management Program Coordinator; and Curtis Castle, Principal Civil Engineer (City of Santa Monica, California)
  • Srini Valavala, Stormwater Services Administrator (City of Abilene, Texas)

Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program

This webinar, held May 23, 2017, provides a deep dive into DC’s Department of Energy and Environment Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Program. The SRC program, established on July 19, 2013, is the first of its kind in the nation. The program creates a market for voluntary stormwater retrofits in Washington DC. The program allows regulated sites to meet their obligations by buying SRCs from unregulated properties elsewhere in the city. Other District properties generate SRCs by exceeding their own regulatory requirements or voluntarily installing retention infrastructure such as green roofs and rain gardens. The SRC market provides flexible and cost-effective compliance options for the regulated community as well as financial incentives to voluntarily increase stormwater retention in the District. Presenter: Brian Van Wye, DC Department of Energy and Environment

DC Water’s Environmental Impact Bond (EIB)

This webinar, held May 11, 2017, provides an in-depth overview of the first ever Environmental Impact Bond (EIB). This new “Pay for Success” financing structure was developed by DC Water to privately fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff as part of DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project. The EIB is structured to limit financial risk to DC Water if the performance of the green infrastructure is less than anticipated and financially reward investors if the performance exceeds expectations. Presenter: Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures

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