EI Proudly Endorses the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation

  September 22, 2022     

At Environmental Incentives, our organizational purpose is to create the conditions for... Read more » Continue Reading

Near-term Solutions to Address the Water Crisis in the West

  August 26, 2022     

Last week the federal government announced unprecedented water cuts to Arizona, Nevada,... Read more » Continue Reading

New Article Highlights Water Infrastructure Finance Opportunities

  November 19, 2021

Photo by Todd Plain for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chad Praul,... Read more » Continue Reading

Meeting the Climate Change Imperative

  September 7, 2021     

When the global crisis is local Over the past weeks the headlines... Read more » Continue Reading
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Multi-Benefit Incentive Program Implementation in San Diego County

  August 17, 2021

EI serves as an ongoing technical assistance provider, working to implement the Waterscape Rebate Program, develop and scale program infrastructure, and support new and existing partnerships between the County of San Diego and the San Diego Water Authority.

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New White Paper Highlights Benefits of Stacked Incentive Programs for Water Management

  June 10, 2021

A water-smart garden in San Diego. Photo from San Diego County Water... Read more » Continue Reading


EI supporting County of San Diego to expand water quality rebates and incentives program

  March 10, 2021

Environmental Incentives is pleased to share that we will be leading a team along with... Read more » Continue Reading

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From Proposals to Progress: Using Pay for Performance to Mobilize California’s 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio

  November 17, 2020

Governor Gavin Newson released California’s new Water Resilience Portfolio (Portfolio) on July 28, 2020. It highlights common water management challenges across... Read more » Continue Reading

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Envisioning the Future of Stormwater at CASQA 2020

  September 11, 2020

Environmental Incentives is looking forward to sharing our expertise in developing sustainable... Read more » Continue Reading

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Performance Measures for Watershed Protection Planning and Evaluation

  September 8, 2020     

Watershed protection and restoration investments are critical to maintain benefits and services... Read more » Continue Reading
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Continuing Our Mission During COVID-19

  March 30, 2020

Friends,  First, on behalf of all of us at Environmental Incentives, we... Read more » Continue Reading

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Lake Clarity Crediting Program Reports Continued Load Reductions and Regional Success

  January 24, 2020     

The Lake Clarity Crediting Program (LCCP) was formally adopted in 2011 as... Read more » Continue Reading
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Reducing Nutrients: The Role of Innovative Financing

  August 21, 2019     

Excess nutrients in our waterways pose a significant and growing challenge to... Read more » Continue Reading

Environmental Incentives Opens Southern California Office

  August 7, 2019

Environmental Incentives is thrilled to announce the opening of a Southern California... Read more » Continue Reading

Community Based Public-Private Partnerships Benefit Local Governments

  March 27, 2019

Last year, the state of Washington began exploring if, and how, public-private... Read more » Continue Reading

Environmental Incentives Awarded Washington State Stormwater Public-Private Partnership Project


Photo by Marcela Gara, Resource Media Environmental Incentives has been selected to... Read more » Continue Reading

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Water, Water Everywhere (For Now)

  March 22, 2019

It’s World Water Day! At Environmental Incentives, we feel like every day is water... Read more » Continue Reading

Stormwater Community Based Public-Private Partnership Feasibility Assessment

Stormwater Community Based Public-Private Partnership Feasibility Assessment


The Community Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3) Assessment seeks to determine the feasibility… Read more »

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Las Islas Encantadas

  March 20, 2019

For centuries, sailors and whalers called the Galápagos Islands "Las Islas Encantadas"... Read more » Continue Reading

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Connecting the Drops at CASQA

  October 10, 2018     

Alternative compliance. Public-private partnerships. Performance contracting. These are some of the trending... Read more » Continue Reading
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Environmental Incentives Leading Stormwater Public-Private Partnership Feasibility Study

  September 19, 2018

Environmental Incentives has been selected to lead a team that includes Geosyntec... Read more » Continue Reading

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When Communities Go Green, Property Owners & Waterways Benefit

  August 2, 2018

Communities around the country are using rebates and incentives to engage residents... Read more » Continue Reading

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Water in the West Symposium Highlights Need for Innovative Conservation

  May 24, 2018

Last month, Environmental Incentives joined water leaders and innovators at the first… Read more »

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Three Essential Elements of Regional Compliance Programs

  March 28, 2018     

Over the last decade, I’ve seen urban stormwater managers struggle with increasing... Read more » Continue Reading
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Paying for Environmental Outcomes: A How-to Guide

  March 19, 2018

How can communities get the most from their investments in the environment?... Read more » Continue Reading

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Tapping into New Funding Sources & Partners to Improve Water Quality

  February 12, 2018     

Stormwater managers have been pulled between competing goals – improving water quality,... Read more » Continue Reading

Opening the Door to Alternative Stormwater Compliance

  February 1, 2018     

Keeping our streams and coastal areas clean and healthy is a critical... Read more » Continue Reading
Cost Benefit Analysis San Diego Region Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads

Cost-Benefit Analysis Fact Sheet

  December 7, 2017

evaluates potential implementation changes to achieve Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads, with… Read more »

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

  October 17, 2017     

Our need to mitigate and adapt to climate change adds to the… Read more »

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

  September 20, 2017

First-year results of the Lake Clarity Crediting Program demonstrate real progress toward… Read more »

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Lake Tahoe Crediting Program Exceeds Targets

  August 22, 2017

Local governments and highway departments are exceeding their targets for reducing polluted… Read more »

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Water Practice Expands With Senior Associate Evan Branosky

  August 8, 2017

We are excited to welcome to the team Evan Branosky, who joined… Read more »

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Draft Bacteria Cost-Benefit Analysis Released

  August 3, 2017

Water-borne pathogens―which cause illnesses and beach closings―are the focus of the San… Read more »

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Innovative Financing for Stormwater Infrastructure

  May 9, 2017

Municipal governments face rising demands to install projects that reduce stormwater runoff… Read more »

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How Do You Know Adaptive Management When You See It?

  February 23, 2017     

Environmental policies and programs that lack the ability to demonstrate results are... Read more » Continue Reading

The Stormwater Compliance Paradox

  October 13, 2016

“Albina Triangle.” Green Streets RSS. The City of Portland, Oregon, n.d. Web…. Read more »

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EI Leads Stormwater Cost-Benefit Analysis for City of San Diego

  October 3, 2016

San Diego’s coastline and water resources are crucial to its attractiveness and… Read more »

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EIP Project Tracker Offers Window to Tahoe’s Restoration

  December 9, 2015

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a long-time client of Environmental Incentives, published… Read more »

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Tahoe – Lake Clarity Crediting Program Version 2.0

  August 26, 2015

The Lake Clarity Crediting Program represents the foundation of Environmental Incentives’ performance… Read more »

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Transparent Tahoe: 10+ Years Protecting & Improving the Basin

  August 21, 2015

“Where did the money go? What do you have to show for… Read more »

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EI Policy Appears In California Water Bond

  September 17, 2014

Regional Environmental Accounting and the Central Valley Habitat Exchange have been included… Read more »

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Environmental Incentives Approved as NFWF Chesapeake Bay Technical Assistance Provider

  September 28, 2017

Environmental Incentives has been approved as a NFWF Chesapeake Bay Technical Assistance... Read more » Continue Reading

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Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan

  August 20, 2019

We are helping South Orange County define performance measures that support the implementation of their Water Quality Improvement Plan.

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Performance-Driven Stormwater Implementation

  September 26, 2017

Learn more about our performance-driven tools and approach to stormwater management, helping communities achieve water quality goals with reduced compliance costs, diversified funding sources, and improved results.

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Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

  August 20, 2019

We worked with Washington State to help local governments design and implement Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships in order to more effectively achieve stormwater and community objectives.

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Performance-Driven Stormwater and the Lake Clarity Crediting Program

  September 26, 2017

Real progress is being made to reduce pollutants from entering Lake Tahoe. We know because the Lake Clarity Crediting Program tracks and reports water quality results, with a consistent framework linking actions on-the-ground with quantifiable pollutant reductions.

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  July 20, 2016

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Pay for Performance Contracts for Stormwater Management

  May 10, 2017

The technical memo describes approaches to using pay for performance contract mechanisms in stormwater management to link payment to the delivery of verified pollutant load reductions. Payments can create financial incentives to implement cost effective projects that reduce runoff and create opportunities for investors to finance stormwater projects.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

  January 30, 2018

The Cost-Benefit Analysis evaluates implementation changes to achieve Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads, with greater benefits and at a lower cost, in the waterways of San Diego and Orange Counties.

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Lake Clarity Crediting Program For Lake Tahoe

  July 28, 2016

The Lake Clarity Crediting Program For Lake Tahoe, formally adopted in 2011, measures the total amount of key pollutants entering the lake from urban stormwater and sets load reduction targets that each city, county and highway maintenance agency must achieve.

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Lake Tahoe TMDL Management System Handbook

  August 24, 2016

Describes the adaptive management system implemented by the Lahontan Water Board and NDEP to guide successful implementation of the Lake Tahoe TMDL Program.

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Megan Chery

  June 18, 2019

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Eleonore Durand

  June 26, 2020

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