Stormwater Financing and Outreach

Effectively managing stormwater is one of the greatest challenges faced by communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.  Like all infrastructure, stormwater management systems, including low impact development practices, require long-term care and maintenance.  As communities struggle to best allocate limited resources, stormwater management systems are frequently overlooked until an emergency occurs, costing millions in damages and repairs, or until a mandate forces a community to take action. 

The issue of paying for stormwater, incorporating both gray and green infrastructure practices, looms even larger as Chesapeake Bay communities prepare to deal with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements and Watershed Implementation Plans.  Although often an effective driver, unfortunately, these federal and state mandates are not always accompanied by the type of technical assistance, information, and resources needed to successfully guide the development and implementation of sustainable stormwater management plans. 

The Stormwater Financing and Outreach Unit was created to address a community’s stormwater financing questions and help craft a strategy that best meets local needs.

For more information on the EFC’s Stormwater Financing and Outreach Unit, check out our FAQ or contact Joanne Throwe at jthrowe@umd.edu.

Local Stormwater Financing and Capacity Project

In October 2011, the EFC was awarded a grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to implement a stormwater financing technical assistance project in three urban communities across the region: Baltimore, Maryland; Anne Arundel County, Maryland; and Lynchburg, Virginia. While the overarching goal of this effort was to expand the ability of local governments to achieve water quality restoration goals through more efficient stormwater financing, the project focused on three primary objectives:

  • To create a better understanding of the costs and economic impacts associated with effective stormwater management in urban communities, specifically as they relate to pollution reductions associated with the Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs);
  • To demonstrate how water quality restoration activities can benefit and add value to other community priorities, thereby improving fiscal efficiencies; and
  • To demonstrate how effectively engaging the private sector in stormwater management programs can incentivize innovation, create efficiencies, and accelerate restoration activity across the community.

Applying Asset Management to Stormwater: A Case Study in the City of Scranton

The EFC is working with the City and the Scranton Sewer Authority to assess the City’s current asset management framework in addressing both its combined sewer system and municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The EFC will recommend ways to integrate and enhance water resource infrastructure investments for the City to adequately meet all stormwater regulations. 

Bay WIP Financing Workshops

The EFC is working with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office to expand the capacity of communities to advance their Watershed Implementation Plans.  The EFC will assist in developing and implementing a series of “road shows” throughout the region with a mix of stormwater and agricultural nutrient management and finance content tailored to the needs of the communities involved.

Community Stormwater Projects

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland is working with several communities in the region to revitalize their stormwater management and fianancing programs.  Below is a list of EFC stormwater projects by state.

 Maryland

 Virginia

 Pennslyvania

 

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore

Berlin

Bowie

Calvert County

Federalsburg

Ocean City

Oxford

Salisbury

 

 

 

 

 

       

NFWF Capacity Building

EFC has taken on a key role in providing technical support and direct assistance to NFWF’s new Local Government Capacity Building Initiative.  Current local government project partners include Hampton, VA; Scranton, PA; Laurel and Bethel, DE; and Lancaster, PA.

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual

EFC’s new Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders.  The manual provides background information about a paradigm shift underway in stormwater management and a process model for being effective leaders in creating policies and programs to finance that shift.