Stormwater Financing and Outreach Unit

Berlin creates a Stormwater Utility

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2014 MD Smart Energy Communities

The Environmental Finance Center and the Maryland Energy Administration would like to congratulate 35 Maryland communities for achieving Smart Energy Community designation.

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EFC presents Stormwater Financing Feasibility Study for Salisbury, MD

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Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual

This new manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Our goal is to encourage and empower your leadership efforts.

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Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Program

The Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Program tackles air pollution and fuel inefficiency by providing up to $20,000 towards the purchase of a newer vehicle with higher performance standards.      

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Green Infrastructure

EFC releases report on Efficient Green Infrastructure Investment.

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Agriculture Finance

The Agriculture Finance Unit of the Environmental Finance Center provides innovative and effective finance expertise to rural communities and farm operations to improve their understanding, development and implementation of strategies to resolve problems and issues of environmental protection and restoration.  Special areas of focus includes nutrient and sediment management, water quality, sustainability, and renewable energy demonstration projects.


Stormwater Financing and Outreach

Like all infrastructure, stormwater management systems require long-term care and maintenance. The Stormwater Financing and Outreach Unit was created to address a community’s stormwater financing questions and help craft a strategy that best meets local needs.

The Cost of Achieving a Restored Chesapeake Bay

Over the past year, Main Street Economics and the Environmental Finance Center have worked in partnership to study the anticipated costs of achieving local Watershed Implementation Plans in communities across the region as well as options for reducing costs in the long-term.  To that end, the attached EFC Policy Brief, written by Robert Wieland of Main Street Economics, summarizes our cost analysis in two Maryland communities. 

With a new Chesapeake Bay Agreement and its stated focus on implementation costs, we feel that this report is very timely.  While financing obligations will require difficult political decisions at the local level, our analysis indicates that with a focus on efficiency and flexibility, water quality goals can be achieved.

EFC Hosts Successful Agricultural and Stormwater Financing Workshops

Our financing workshops in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia were a great success! Each event had a significant turnout of private and public funders, state and local agencies and municipalities, and other interested parties.

More workshops in Delaware and West Virginia are upcoming later in 2014.

Lancaster, PA Agricultural Finance Workshop

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) is hosting a FREE event on Thursday, January 30th that will provide Pennsylvania farmers with information and resources to finance effective agricultural best management practices. 

Shenandoah, Virginia Agricultural Financing Workshop

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) is hosting a FREE event on Tuesday, February 18th that will provide Virginia farmers with information and resources to finance effective agricultural best management practices. 

Bay WIP Financing Workshops

EFC is working with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office to expand the capacity communities to advance their Watershed Implementation Plans.

Community Stormwater Projects

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland is working with several communities in the region to revitalize their stormwater management and financing programs.  Below is a list of EFC stormwater projects by state.




Anne Arundel County



Calvert County

Ocean City

Shenandoah Valley




Take a look at the EFC's new Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual, which was inspired by and written for local government leaders.

Did You Know?

Marylanders drive 151 million miles a day and account for 30% of the emissions contributing to poor air quality in the area.