Baltimore

Project Summary

EFC’s new Watershed Implementation Plan Financing project is designed to expand the ability and capacity of local governments and communities to achieve water quality restoration goals and priorities through more efficient stormwater financing. Specifically, through this project, EFC is working with three pilot communities, including Baltimore, Maryland, on a four-phased process to assess and expand capacity to finance stormwater activities in a way that maximizes environmental, economic, and social return on investment.  Our work will focus on three phases: 1) identifying the economic and social benefits associated with implementing local Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs); 2) assessing capacity “gaps” in stormwater financing and revenue generation; and, 3) identifying opportunities for expanding local institutional capacity necessary to achieve desired environmental outcomes.

The primary project output will be a guidebook outlining recommended processes for allocation, distributing, and investing the fiscal resources necessary for achieving urban-based WIPs across the region.

 Partners

Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) located at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University

Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.

 Sponsors 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

For more information, please contact Daniel Nees at dnees@umd.edu or 301.405.5421.