Environmental Finance Center. Financing Storm water (Watershed) Strategies with a “Community Quilt”. Environmental Finance Center. When you think about funding sources for watershed activities, what sources come to mind?. Environmental Finance Center.
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Financing Storm water (Watershed) Strategies with a
When you think about funding sources
for watershed activities,
what sources come to mind?
Usually, we think of public funding programs, like:
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On the other hand, there is plenty of money available overall, accessed primarily through private sources.
How about a watershed framework?
How about a watershed plan?
Financing a watershed plan involves:
What are the tools to build a watershed financing plan?
First Set of Tools:
Public Funding through
Federal and State programs
Capital Programs such as:
Planning Programs such as:
Funding for Maintenance of a project:
Agricultural BMP programs:
Urban Storm water Programs:
Riparian Forest Buffer Programs:
Second Set of Tools:
Accessing Private Funding through
Water and Waste Water Rate Structures
Free up local funds by getting your water and sewer utilities to be self-supporting
Nutrient Trading Strategies
Moving funding from those who have it to
those who need it
Trading programs seek to achieve
environmental goals in the most cost-effective
manner possible through the use of market forces
Point/non-point source trading is the bubble concept applied to a watershed.
Through trading, WWTP and industrial sources (point) have the option of bringing agricultural and urban sources (non-point) into compliance rather than imposing further controls (costs) at point sources
Agreements tied to Loans
Home buyers and developers get low-interest loans for homes that are:
Storm water management utility
What is it? An independent government entity which:
The Community Quilt Concept of Financing a Watershed Plan
“Community quilt” concept of financing
a mosaic of public, private and nonprofit land ownership and land uses.
A Watershed Financing Plan:
Uses the skills and strengths of stakeholders, in coordination, to realize goals and objectives
Who are your stakeholders?
How do these different stakeholders contribute to a watershed financing plan?
Creating the Quilt: Identify land owners, land uses and stakeholders within a watershed to create a patchwork of funding opportunities.
Residential, commercial and industrial?
Drinking water needs?
Environmental justice issues?
Economic development needs?
Habitat opportunities?Environmental Finance CenterWhat’s going on in your watershed?
A Holistic approach...
Using a broader collection of terms can broaden the sources of funding
for your watershed plan
Broad-based sources of
for your plan
Even if one innovative financing idea is not
appropriate for your
community, it may
spark ideas and
discussion about priorities
and needs and other ways of addressing issues.
We want people to begin to think “outside the box” on issues related to finance
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