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

Climate Change is Happening, Conservation is Not – At Least Not at the Rate and Scale Needed

  October 17, 2017      Jeremy Sokulsky  

Our need to mitigate and adapt to climate change adds to the existing stress on California’s water and land resources. As tax payers continue to approve billions of dollars for conservation, we have the responsibility to innovate how bonds and general funds are used, maximizing their impact to achieve multiple goals. Moving beyond policies that… Read more »

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Performance-Driven Stormwater Notches a “Win” in Lake Tahoe

  September 20, 2017      Evan Branosky  

First-year results of the Lake Clarity Crediting Program demonstrate real progress toward reducing pollutants from entering Lake Tahoe. Combined, stormwater managers have exceeded their target of reducing fine sediment in runoff by 10 percent. We know because the Lake Clarity Crediting Program tracks and reports water quality results, with a consistent framework linking actions on-the-ground with… Read more »

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