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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation's wastewater infrastructure, including methods for managing stormwater runoff and recycled water distribution.

Regional Environmental Finance Centers were recently selected by the federal government's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to work with states and communities to identify innovative financing strategies to improve stormwater infrastructure and other water-related systems. http://www.epa.gov/envirofinance/efcn

The EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund provided $5.8 billion in low-interest loans in fiscal year 2015 to help communities pay for the cost of wastewater infrastructure updates. http://www.epa.gov/cwsrf


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Community Cases In Point
As part of a wider plan to protect its local watershed, Lexington, Kentucky's Distillery District, a 27-acre entertainment area, received a $141,027 grant from the Lexington-Fayette Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works to install permeable pavers in patios and a parking lot to help reduce stormwater runoff.

The stormwater infrastructure project in the Seattle-area city of Puyallup continues to expand as recently 28,874 square feet of concrete surfaces were converted to pervious pavement, which will reportedly prevent more than 687,000 gallons of stormwater from entering the local system annually. Upcoming projects include pervious pavement on 39th Avenue Southwest, and a frontage project at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center that has an $800,000 grant from the state's Department of Ecology in place for phase one. Another source of funding for citywide projects is a $1.4 million allotment from the Washington State Legislature's current budget cycle.

Small towns can receive funds for stormwater projects too. Kingsley, Iowa, population 1,411, used $200,000 left over from a $2 million wastewater grant from the state's revolving fund to improve a particular alley that was prone to flooding. The old pavement was removed, then 600 tons of aggregate was installed as the base for a permeable paver system.


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Stay Current
The International Erosion Control Association's e-learning program offers a stormwater management track that covers subject matter such as regulatory requirements and compliance, green infrastructure, and post-construction stormwater practices.
http://ieca.learnercommunity.com/stormwater-management

Watershed Academy Web is EPA's distance learning program that offers a variety of training modules on watershed management including Weather and the Built Environment, which is an overview of the evolution of our modern urban environment, the impacts on the urban watershed, and how the built environment affects the water that moves through it.
http://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/weather-and-built-environment






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