We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series called the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit. This series of articles focuses on individual tools practitioners can use. Our goal is to span the range of comfort levels our readers have – from simple to challenging. The toolkit will address conservation finance issues through the framework of “the Wedge,” which organizes tools according to the complexity and size of the funding opportunity.
This month Carpe Diem West’s celebrates it's tenth anniversary, and we are honored to present Climate Chaos & Local Resiliency – Water Solutions in the American West. These seven stories highlight what we know works and what we’ve been working with many of you on for ten years now: partnership, equity and smart choices.
This guidebook is intended to be used alongside the CRS Coordinator’s Manual and is not intended to provide specific guidance regarding earning, scoring, or documenting actions to earn a community CRS credit. The best practices, success stories, and element summaries found in this document represent a fraction of the information available regarding the CRS program. Replication of actions taken by communities featured in this guidebook does not guarantee credit. If you have specific question about the CRS program, please reference the CRS Coordinator’s Manual or contact your ISO/CRS Specialist, both of which can be found online at http://crsresources.org.
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.
SWMM-CAT allows users to evaluate climate change impacts on stormwater runoff volume and quality, and to explore how the application of various low-impact development (LID) options can be used to alter these hydrological parameters. SWMM provides a spatial and temporal analysis of runoff quality and quantity by dividing basins into multiple sub-catchment areas and analyzing runoff at different time steps. It covers a variety of different drivers that can cause runoff in urban areas, including rainfall, snowmelt, and groundwater percolation, among others, and also allows for mapping and modeling of different sub-catchment drainage system components, including pipes, channels, diversion structures, storage and treatment facilities, and natural channels. These components allow users to examine relationships between total rainfall, runoff, and various routing options at a sub-catchment scale to effectively plan and design stormwater and sewer systems.
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.