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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Current strategies of managing water are outdated and ineffective at addressing aging water systems and climate change. In response, this report urges cities to adopt integrated water management, an approach to managing water that encourages coordination between all water systems...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the largest growing sources of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. To mitigate this problem, green infrastructure practices can be used to manage urban runoff by capturing and infiltrating rainwater where it falls. One of the major challenges to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development
The guide aims to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure (GI) delivers to communities and to guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments. This guide distills key considerations involved in assessing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
It is becoming more difficult for families to access clean and affordable water due to aging water infrastructure systems, climate change, and the rising cost of living. This report outlines best practices and innovative solutions mayors can adopt to ensure that residents have equitable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level -
State(s) Georgia
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
For any state or agency looking to increase adoption of the M36 water audit methodology, there are several key takeaways from Georgia’s new auditing requirements: State agencies and their partners should place emphasis on the value and usefulness of M36 for utilities. Beyond instituting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Finance & Procurement
Water privatization has often proven to be harmful to communities, workers, and the environment, and should not be relied on to help municipalities. While many water systems need improvements, corporate control does not provide a solution to provide long-term sustainability, regulatory...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Recognizing that urban flooding problems are generated by stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, yards, and roofs across neighborhoods, the RainReady Community program takes a neighborhood-scale approach to addressing urban flooding. Participating neighborhoods receive an in-depth,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health
The government should protect people from water crises. When governments are run as businesses, they fail to consider the needs of residents. Instead, they should work to improve infrastructure and reduce the race and wealth cap in access to city services. The disaster in Flint was...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This brief provides a roadmap to consider water affordability programs as a means to address aging and failing water infrastructure and diminishing access to clean and affordable water. The brief describes best practices and innovative solutions so that utilities can address the aging...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
A sizable portion of the US population lacks continuous access to safe sources of water, undermining their dignity, health, living standards, and even family rights. Service providers and governments at the local, state and national levels must take immediate steps to address the...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, Virginia
Source Center For Progressive Reform
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Toxic floodwaters have serious health consequences. After Florence and Harvey, residents in North Carolina and Texas complained of headaches, burning eyes and throats, dizziness, and other health problems. Public health professionals raised concerns about floodwaters leaving a hazardous...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
The New York City Water Board is authorized to collect and enforce payment and service charges related to the city’s sewerage and water systems. This resolution calls on the New York City Water Board to not impose penalties or interest on water and sewer bills during the COVID-19...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Middleton
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This chapter establishes the minimum requirements for stormwater management in the City of Middleton. In particular, all persons who engage in land development activities shall establish on-site management practices to control the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source American Water Works Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Stagnation within building water systems is the condition in building plumbing when water is not being used and water remains still within the plumbing network. During stagnation, water quality issues may develop. The purpose of this document is to help building managers assess and...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source City Council Of Jersey City
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
This ordinance creates year-round conservation measures and regulations for the use of water resources during shortage seasons. This ordinance grants county authorities the right to declare a water shortage emergency, during which separate regulations governing water usage go into...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Municipalities in Northeastern Illinois locally plan and implement many facets of water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management. Factors such as changes in municipal leadership, water’s rank among local priorities, and municipal finances determine how well water resources are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Many public water utilities struggle to pay for repairs and upgrades necessary to improve energy efficiency, reduce leaks, and prevent infiltration. This brief outlines existing mechanisms to raise these funds as well as promising new methods for public officials to consider. Some...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
To help mitigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 virus on businesses and residents of Madison, this resolution authorizes the Common Council to suspend stormwater utility late charges....

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Health
This ordinance amends the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to remediating lead water hazards in dwellings. In particular, it calls upon dwelling unit owners to reduce or eliminate lead-based paint hazards through the wet scraping and repainting, removal, encapsulation,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Finance & Procurement, Data & Technology
Cities face a host of challenges in maintaining their water systems and supplying their communities with clean drinking water, and protecting environmental and human health through effective wastewater and stormwater management. This report is is a comprehensive guide outlining best...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Cities can create a more resilient water system by transitioning to an integrated water management framework (IWM). By creating an IWM and developing a set of principles and the approaches that recognizes water as a resource, cities can manage all water as an asset, whatever form...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
CMAP staff partnered with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Office of Water Resources (OWR) through its Lake Michigan Water Allocation Program in an effort to improve understanding of the water-loss control practices...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Georgia
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health
The Flint Basin in the Georgia piedmont is a major water supply source for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Since 2000, severe droughts have struck the Flint Basin. In an effort to improve drought resilience in the basin, the Upper Flint River Working Group was formed to protect...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
This local law would establish an Office of Climate Resiliency, headed by a Director of Climate Resiliency. The Director would be responsible for developing policies and programs relating to climate resiliency measures in the City, educating the public about such climate resiliency...

Type Letter
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Identifying sustainable solutions for water distribution and lower water utility rates within the Village of Robbins, a primarily low-income and African-American community struggling with municipal debt. Nationally, and counterintuitively, per-gallon water bills in low-income communities...

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