The EFC’s Watershed Implementation Plan Financing Project was 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, the EFC worked with three pilot communities, including Lynchburg, Virginia, on a four-phased process to assess and expand capacity to finance stormwater activities in a way that maximized environmental, economic, and social return on investment. Our work focused 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 the local institutional capacity necessary to achieve desired environmental outcomes.
The final report below outlines recommended processes for allocating, distributing, and investing the fiscal resources necessary for achieving urban-based WIPs across the region.
Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) located at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University; Lynchburg Department of Utilities
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation