Stormwater Funding/Financing, Economics and Policy

Capital Building

In his role as a Senior Stormwater Advisor for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) provides support to WEF’s stormwater program.  Prior to this role, Seth helped to establish and grow WEF’s stormwater program as its Stormwater Program and Policy Director.  In this role, Seth worked with practitioners in the stormwater community to identify technical needs in the field and develop programming and products to meet these needs. He also engaged in partnerships with outside groups on collaborative efforts to further the stormwater profession and topic. This position also involved tracking upcoming Federal legislative and potential regulation changes relevant to the stormwater and wet weather community as well as providing general policy support on water sector issues. Also, Seth still serves as Executive Editor and Chair of Editorial Board for stormwater-focused globally-viewed quarterly publication, World Water: Stormwater Management. He has also authored peer-reviewed publications in this technical area, presented several papers on stormwater, stream restoration, and wet weather topics at technical conferences, and has provided keynote addresses on policy issues in the water sector.

SPECIFIC PROJECTS AND EXPERIENCE:

Water Finance, Funding and Alternative Project Delivery

Development of Community-Based Public-Private Partnership Guide for Stormwater/Green Infrastructure-focused Infrastructure and Related Support Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ongoing) – Mr. Brown is the lead author for a publication focusing on various aspects of public-private partnership (P3s) intended to support the investment in stormwater and green infrastructure.  This publication was released in April, 2015, and is the first document outlining the nature of Community-Based P3s for Green Infrastructure and the many advantages of using this approach to enhance investments in stormwater management infrastructure, such as the ability to accelerate implementation of green infrastructure investments, reduce overall costs due to economies of scale as well as efficiencies gained in procurement process, and generate local, green entry-level employment opportunities.  Ongoing services include development of policy papers, regulatory, financial and scenario analyses, economic studies, public outreach, community engagement, and technical support for regulated entities related to the CBP3 approach as well as other innovative and sustainable approaches to stormwater management.

Investigation of Stakeholder Decision-Making in the Washington, D.C. Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program (ongoing) – Mr. Brown is currently receiving grant funding to study the dynamics of the Washington, D.C. Stormwater Retention Credit trading program.  As Co-PI, Mr. Brown is engaged in stakeholder interviews to understand the decision-making dynamics of market participants.  This information will inform the development of an agent-based model that will simulate the SRC program market under varying policy assumptions and financial conditions.  The investigation is being done in coordination with the University of the District of Columbia with the hope of providing aid to stakeholders in their decision-making efforts when considering the option to invest in retention-based practices on-site.

Consulting Services for Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Annapolis, Maryland (ongoing) – Mr. Brown is leading an effort to develop training and public outreach materials based upon the Community-Based P3 publication soon to be released by EPA Region 3.  Mr. Brown will also develop a Value-for-Money (VfM) analysis methodology tailored to stormwater and green infrastructure.  As the project leader, Mr. Brown will meet with multiple public entities within EPA Region 3 to educate/inform on the technical aspects and advantages of using the CBP3 approach to meet stormwater requirements as well as perform preliminary VfM analysis to ascertain and illustrate the potential advantages of utilizing the CBP3 approach to generate investment in green infrastructure.

Consulting Services to Support White Paper on Economic Value of Green Infrastructure, Horinko Group, Washington, D.C. (ongoing) – Mr. Brown is providing technical support in an ongoing effort to craft a policy paper related to the economic benefits of urban, coastal and watershed-based green infrastructure.  This document will synthesize existing literature on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in financial as well as ecosystem services contexts and will provide policy recommendations to encourage and catalyze more green infrastructure implementation in the U.S.

Investigation of the Impacts of the Washington, D.C. Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program (2014/15) – Mr. Brown is providing support services to a team investigating the impacts of the Washington, D.C. Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) trading program on various D.C. stakeholders.  In the capacity of team member, Mr. Brown is leading an effort to interview leading design consultants and land developers to understand the key factors associated with SRC credit generation.  Further, Mr. Brown will aid the team in developing policy recommendations on the SRC program based upon insights gained from interviews and through an agent-based modeling effort attempting to capture the emergent patterns that may develop in the SRC program.

Relevant Publications/Periodicals:

Co-author for Financing Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Community Health and Resiliency – Getting the Best Deal for the Money, Bloomerg BNA Water Policy Insights, October, 2016.

Lead author for The Role of Green Infrastructure – Nature, Economics, and Resilience, Prepared by the Horinko Group for the Conservation Leadership Council, November, 2015

Contributing author to Advances in Water Quality Trading as a Flexible Compliance Tool, Water Environment Federation, July, 2015

Public-Private Partnerships Beneficial for Implementing Green Infrastructure, Bloomberg BNA Water Law & Policy Monitor, July, 2015

Accelerating Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Investments, American Infrastructure, July, 2015

Major contributor in EPA Region III report, Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure, April, 2015

The Rising Challenge of Stormwater, World Water: Stormwater Managment, Vol. 3, Issue 1, February/March, 2015

Quoted in: With Data and Resolve, Tacoma Fights Pollution – NY Times, Environment Section, June 13, 2014

Why Worry About the Rain?, The Freshwater Trust Magazine, Portland, Oregon, October 2014

Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation through Testing and Evaluation, World Water: Stormwater Managment, Vol. 1, Issue 2, December, 2013

Residual Designated Authority – Friend or Foe to the Public Sector?, Feature: The Stormwater Report, December, 2013

Stormwater: Paying the Bill, World Water: Stormwater Management, Vol. 1, Issue 1, September, 2013

What Is the Future of Flow-Based Regulations?  Feature: The Stormwater Report, Water Environment Federation, February, 2013

Square Peg in a Round Hole: Are Flow-Based TMDLs the Right Approach?, Bloomberg News, Environment Report, February, 2013

Calming the Storm: Managing Stormwater Runoff the Green Way Makes Sense for Both the Environment and the Bottom Line. The Parking Professional, Environmental Issue, The International Parking Institute, December, 2012

Green Infrastructure Alternatives, Utility Infrastructure, “How to” Issue, October, 2012

Stormwater as a Resource, Australian Stormwater Industry Association Bulletin, August, 2012

Banking on Green: And Economic Guide to Green Infrastructure, Self-Published, May, 2012

Economic Incentives for Stormwater Control, Feature: The Stormwater Report, Water Environment Federation, April, 2012

Other Media:

Quoted in Water Online article titled, “EPA Stormwater Ruling: How Will It Impact Utilities?”  focusing on the impacts of recent Residual Designation Authority (RDA) petitions.  January 21, 2014.

Conference / Event Presentations:

2015

Community-Based Public-Private Partnership Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Summit, Facilitator sessions titled Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure DBFOM: Traditional Approaches and New Paradigms and Technolog-Driven Public-Private Partnership Programs: How Can Emerging Technologies Held to Support Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Investments & Programs, Philadelphia, PA, December, 2015

Central Virginia Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3) Workshop, Event Facilitator, Charlottesville, VA, December, 2015

National Precast Concrete Association, Webcast Lead Presenter, Stormwater Management: Challenges and Solutions, November, 2015

ACODAL Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Seminar, Bogota, Colombia, October, 2015.

Pennsylvania Leadership Forum, Panel Discussion on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Green Infrastructure, Harrisburg, PA, October, 2015

California Stormwater Quality Association Annual Conference, two presentations, (1) To Green or Not to Green:  Modeling Incentive-based Programs for Green Infrastructure Investment on Private Properties, (2) Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Monterey, CA, October, 2015

Association of Clean Water Administrators, Stormwater Workshop, Updates on the WEF Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Products and Practices, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2015

Green City, Clean Water Green Infrastructure Practitioners Conference, Panel Discussion on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Green Infrastructure, September, 2015

U.S. Water Alliance One Water Leaders Conference, Panel Discussion on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Green Infrastructure, San Francisco, August, 2015

StormCON, Updates on the WEF Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Products and Practices, August, TX August, 2015

Kentucky Stormwater Conference, Innovations, Policy Updates and Tipping Points in Stormwater, Lexington, KY, July, 2015

NCPPP, Panel Discussion on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Green Infrastructure, July, 2015

Water Environment Federation webcast, The Future of Water Quality Trading, July, 2015

North Carolina Green Industry Council Annual Water Symposium, Creatively Incenting and Financing Green Infrastructure Implementation, June, 2015

Mapistry, Inc. webcast series, Overview of the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit, June, 2015

Indiana MS4 Conference, two presentations, (1) Keynote: The Significance of Stormwater: Policies, Trends, and Tipping Points, (2) Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships, Indianapolis, IN, May, 2015

VA MS4 Forum, Stormwater Utilities and Funding/Financing, Richmond, VA, May, 2015

Water Environment Federation webcast, Overview of the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership Approach, May, 2015

Ohio Stormwater Conference, two presentations, (1) Stormwater: An Update and an Outlook, (2) To Green or Not to Green:  Modeling Incentive-based Programs for Green Infrastructure Investment on Private Properties, Sandusky, OH, May, 2015

AWRA National Capital, To Green or Not to Green:  Modeling Incentive-based Programs for Green Infrastructure Investment on Private Properties, April 2015

TRIECA Annual Conference, Exploring the Need for a National Stormwater BMP Testing and Verification Program, Toronto, OR, March, 2015

Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association, To Green or Not to Green:  Modeling Incentive-based Programs for Green Infrastructure Investment on Private Properties, Richmond, VA, March, 2015

Great Rivers Conference, CWA Then and Now: Funding Needs and Mechanisms and Incentives for Stormwater, Lincoln, NE, March 2015

Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee meeting, Exploring the Need for a National Stormwater BMP Testing and Verification Program, Fairfax, VA, March, 2015

Low Impact Development Symposium, Updates on the WEF Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Products and Practices, Houston, TX, January, 2015

PaveDrain Annual Sales Event, Updates in Stormwater, Orlando, FL, January, 2015

2014

Puerto Rico Water Environment Federation, Stormwater Workshop, Caguas, PR, November 2014.

Ohio Water Environment Federation Watershed Workshop, Innovations, Policy Updates and Tipping Points in Stormwater, Columbus, OH, October 2014.

ACODAL Annual Conference, Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Seminar, Santa Marta, Colombia, September 2014.

Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Stormwater Seminar, WEF Activities and Stormwater Policy Updates, Harrisburg, PA, September 2014.

StormCON, Updates on the WEF Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Products and Practices, Portland, OR, August, 2014.

Nevada Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Overview of Stormwater Policy Updates, Reno, NV, May 2014.

Great Connections Stormwater Conference, Keynote address: Innovations, Policy Updates and Tipping Points in Stormwater, Davenport, IA, May 2014.

Great Plains Stormwater Conference, Keynote address: Innovations, Policy Updates and Tipping Points in Stormwater, Tulsa, OK, April 2014.

Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association, Stormwater Policy Updates, Richmond, VA, March, 2014.

National Association of Counties Annual Fly-in Event, Presentation to Environment Committee on Stormwater Policy Updates, Washington, DC, March 2014.

International Erosion Control Association Annual Conference (2 presentations), (1) Workshop on Innovations in Stormwater, (2) Panelist on Expert Panel on Stormwater Policy, February 2014.

Ohio Stormwater Conference, Keynote address: Innovations, Policy Updates and Tipping Points in Stormwater, Akron, Ohio, June 2014.

University of South Florida / U.S. Forest Service Green Infrastructure and Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas Conference (2 presentations), (1) Keynote address: Intersection of Policy and Green Infrastructure, (2)  Panel Discussion on Barriers to Implementation of Green Infrastructure,  Tampa, FL, January, 2014

PaveDrain Annual Sales Event, Outlook on Stormwater, Baltimore, MD, January, 2014

2013

Think Blue: Maine Stormwater Conference, Policy Panel, November, 2013

American Bar Association, Environmental Conference, Accotink Creek Flow-based TMDL Ruling / The Future of Stormwater Management, Baltimore, MD, October, 2013

Missouri Water Environment Association Annual Stormwater Conference, Technological and Financial Innovations in Stormwater, Columbia, MO, September, 2013

International LID Symposium (2 presentations), (1) Investigation of a National Stormwater Products Testing and Evaluation Program; (2) Stormwater Policy/Legal Updates and Innovations in Finance,  August, 2013

EPA Region 6 MS4 Conference, Innovation Barriers & Solutions in Stormwater Sector, New Orleans, LA, July, 2013

Potomac Conservancy, Overview of Stormwater Sector, Washington, DC, May, 2013

Washington Council of Governments (WashCOG) Water Resources Committee Meeting, Updates on Stormwater Issues and Activities, Washington, DC, May, 2013

South Carolina Water Environment Association Annual Conference, 1-Day Stormwater Seminar, Myrtle Beach, SC, March, 2013

2012

StormCON (2 presentations), (1) Mainstream the Green: Barriers (and Solutions) to Large-Scale Implementation of Green Infrastructure; (2) Banking on Green, Denver, CO, August, 2012

Association of General Contractors of America Environmental Conference,  Using Green Infrastructure to Manage Stormwater During and After Construction, Crystal City, VA, June, 2012

New Jersey Water Environment Association Annual Conference, 2-Day Stormwater Seminar, Atlantic City, April, 2012

WEFMAX Annual Meeting, Stormwater at WEF, Baltimore, MD, April, 2012

Cincinnati Municipal Sewer District Stormwater and Watershed Workshop, Sustainable Watersheds, Cincinnati, OH, February, 2012

Pre-2012

StormCON, The Integrated Water Paradigm, Anaheim, CA, August, 2011