The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community started planning for climate change a decade ago. Located on the southeastern peninsula of Fidalgo Island on Puget Sound in Washington, the reservation is surrounded by water and at high risk for sea-level rise. A destructive 100-year storm event in 2006 led tribal leaders to research and fund climate programs, and the Swinomish became the first tribal nation to adopt a climate adaptation plan. So, when President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations’ Paris climate agreement, the Swinomish reacted swiftly and, together with other tribes, publicly committed to uphold the accord.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation denied a climate change petition on Thursday submitted by a group of teens. The petition asked the state to reduce carbon emissions, monitor greenhouse gasses and come up with a long term climate change strategy.
Sometimes, all you can do is scratch your head.
“Here’s the issue,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNN last week when asked about the connection between Hurricane Irma and climate change, “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced.”
The Senate Budget Committee today released the text of a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would pave the way for a tax overhaul without Democratic votes. The 89-page legislative text includes reconciliation instructions that allow the Senate Finance Committee to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. The budget also includes instructions for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to save at least $1 billion over a decade. A vote is expected next week and the resolution is expected to be approved. Here is a summary of the resolution, and here are its tables and an explanation of how it enables tax reform.
EPA’s Water Finance Center partnered with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) to develop Water Infrastructure Financial Leadership: Successful Financial Tools for Local Decision Makers. This document highlights successful strategies that have been used to fund and finance water infrastructure.
Why is Financial Leadership Important for Water Infrastructure?
Financial leadership practices for water infrastructure and services are an integral component of the overall economic health of every community. The health of all communities —small or large, wealthy or in need— depends on adequate infrastructure that can reliably deliver safe drinking water and provide clean wastewater and stormwater management.
This document is a resource that states and stakeholders can share with local decision makers. The information in this document can help local leaders:
- Identify what is needed for financial planning,
- Determine how to fund and finance a project, and
- Consider which strategic approaches can be used to protect local investments.
Where can I Find More Information?
This resource can also be found in the Water Finance Clearinghouse, an online database of resources and funding information that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs.