Our last post covered the troubling but important topic of infrastructure failure, a growing problem across our nation. This time, we hope to offer some relief in the form of listing sources for funding the rehabilitation of aging assets and the construction of new ones to replace outdated technology to match modern challenges.
As late as October of last year, the EPA was announcing new initiatives in funding for infrastructure rehabilitation and construction. We share here a few resources for locating such funding for our customers responsible for stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure.
Lack of funding is consistently cited as a barrier to implementation of green infrastructure. Read More: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/gi_funding.cfm
One advantage of green infrastructure projects, however, is that they generate so many benefits that they can compete for a variety of diverse funding sources.
Nonpoint Source-Related Opportunities
Information resources and centers, state revolving funds (CWSRF), CWA Section 319, and miscellaneous guides & reports are available here: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/funding.cfm
Small Community Resources
This resource comes from what for some may seem an unlikely ally, the Natural Resources Defense Council. But for small communities struggling with newer stormwater runoff issues, the NRDC Guide Stormwater Strategies: Community Responses to Runoff Pollution can be a real tool for gaining support for, funding and establishing a stormwater program. Chapter Four is here: http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/storm/chap4.asp, directly addressing this issue.