Author Archives: sbrown

Review by Hale Thurston of Report on Market-Based Approaches to Green Infrastructure Investment

Below is a review of the report titled, “Working With the Market:  Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure“, which was released in April, 2017 by the Willamette Partnership.  Seth Brown, of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, was a lead contributing author for this report.   The review below was provided by Dr. […]

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Green Infrastructure Manifesto

Source: EPA, 2017 America has been called, “the City on the Hill” as our country has been a symbol to much of the rest of the world as a beacon of hope for a new and better world.  In the context of our infrastructure our cities, this means that it is in our nature to […]

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What to Expect from Trump Administration on Water – a highlight of Tracy Mehan article

It’s always tough to speculate on an incoming administration and how a political shift will impact various sectors.  A Bloomberg BNA piece by Tracy Mehan of AWWA, does as good of a job as I have seen to understand how the Trump administration may behave in the space impacting the water sector. I won’t give away […]

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Tracy Mehan Review of Bloomberg News Article on Innovative Green Stormwater Infrastructure Financing

  Photo: Bioretention in Roadway Median, Arlington County, Virginia, 2016 Tracy Mehan, III is the former Assistant Administrator for Water, US EPA, and is the current Executive Director for Government Affairs with the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  As a thought leader in the sector, Mr. Mehan provides commentary on issues of the day.  Below […]

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The promise of private capital and “impact investors” – but what about capacity?!

There is a common dialogue in the water infrastructure sector about the promise of public-private partnerships (P3s) to help reduce costs and better deliver projects – and this is definitely true.  Beyond that, we hear about all the private capital – especially “impact investment potential” that is just sitting on the sidelines and waiting for […]

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Can CBP3s Hold Back the Water in the Upper Midwest?

I spoke at the annual conference for an organization called the Upper Mississippi Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association (UMIMRA) recently to share information on the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3). This group, comprised of levee district leaders, farm producers, and those with ties to the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE), were interested in learning about P3s, […]

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Renewable Energy to Clean Water?

A significant event in the environment sector took place late in 2015 – the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program, which have benefited the wind and solar industries, respectively. The significance of these tax programs towards the growth of these renewable energy industries cannot be overstated. For instance, […]

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Bringing the ‘Community’ Into P3s Just Makes Sense for Green Infrastructure

I often drive the “Greenway” here in the Northern Virginia area near Washington, D.C. and I lament that the tolls have skyrocketed over the years and is now over $4 per trip and headed to $5 based upon recent efforts by the operator of the system to adjust revenue rates.  This project is a transportation public-private partnership […]

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Innovation in Stormwater? Why the Hell Not?!

I was lucky enough to be a judge in the DC Water Green Infrastructure Design Challenge, which meant that I got the chance to review the GI designs submitted in this event and provide feedback and input on who should be selected to receive one of the awards and possibly get a chance to move […]

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RDA – The New Thing in Stormwater (Maybe)

(photo from cbf.org/baydaily) I was interviewed recently by Water Online regarding the Residual Designation Authority petitions filed this summer by a band of NGOs (see details on this here and here). I thought I was going to be one of several interviewed for the piece, but it turns out that it was only me and Jon […]

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