National Governors Association Holds Virtual Roundtable on Stormwater Funding and Equity
The National Governors Association (NGA) convened a two-day virtual roundtable event that brought together some of the country’s stormwater funding and financing experts to specifically address equity considerations. Discussions covered existing funding mechanisms like state revolving funds to the newly created sewer overflow and stormwater reuse municipal grant program to establishing a stormwater utility and developing equitable fee structures.
While the meeting specifically brought together state officials within the Delaware River Basin, many of the topics were of broader regional and national concern. EPA, along with the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center and other investment experts, weighed in with specific programs that can help communities address the growing concerns and interconnected nature of stormwater, resiliency, and environmental justice. NGA expects to publish a report collating ideas and the state-of-play for equitable stormwater funding opportunities and challenges from this meeting.
NACWA would like to thank NGA for convening this group of expert stakeholders and the many NACWA utility and affiliate members for participating in the discussion. We look forward to the report that comes out of this two-day convening and furthering the understanding of needs and opportunity in this space.
To discuss this matter further, please contact NACWA’s Regulatory Director, Emily Remmel.