Paying for Environmental Outcomes: A How-to Guide

  March 19, 2018      Renae Golden  

How can communities get the most from their investments in the environment? In places like Nevada, ranching has been a way of life for generations, while industries like mining provide key drivers of economic growth and community stability. But these lands also hold historic and cultural value to another mainstay of the West – the... Read more » Continue Reading

Where Monarch Conservation Meets the Road: A Mobile App for Highway Departments

  March 1, 2018      Erik Anderson  

Roadside vegetation managers around the country are making big changes to curb the decline of monarch butterflies seen in recent decades. By reducing the frequency of mowing, and including key species in revegetation, transportation departments can promote the growth of milkweed and wildflowers—critical species that support monarchs as they migrate north from Mexico to the... Read more » Continue Reading

Tapping into New Funding Sources & Partners to Improve Water Quality

  February 12, 2018      Jeremy Sokulsky   Chad Praul   Evan Branosky  

Stormwater managers have been pulled between competing goals – improving water quality, and the need to limit costs within municipal budgets that support multiple priorities, such as transportation and community health. The requirement to do the “maximum extent practicable” to achieve water quality standards only reinforced this tension. However, contexts are changing as Municipal Separate... Read more » Continue Reading

Opening the Door to Alternative Stormwater Compliance

  February 1, 2018      Evan Branosky   Jeremy Sokulsky   Chad Praul  

Keeping our streams and coastal areas clean and healthy is a critical task for urban stormwater managers. This is complicated by the need to address runoff and pollutants from both public and private lands. Cities and counties often engage private developers in the solution by requiring post-construction management of runoff from new development and redevelopment... Read more » Continue Reading