News & Events
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.
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.
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.
The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, February 4th that will provide information and resources to finance effective stormwater best management practices.
EFC’s new Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Public sector financing in general, and stormwater financing specifically often appear to be inaccessibly complicated and technical to even experienced public officials. Therefore, rather than try to address the myriad of issues associated with stormwater financing, our strategy was to provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities towards effective action.