Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

Municipal Water

Pioneering innovative solutions for water quality and urban municipal water management

Our Approach

Stormwater is the only growing source of water pollution in many watersheds in North America, while climate change and urban growth are straining freshwater supplies. With rising compliance costs and competition for municipal budgets, communities need cost-effective, multi-benefit solutions to improve water quality and stretch existing water resources. Environmental Incentives works with municipalities, regulators, and private sector actors to design and implement performance-based programs that maximize the impact of available budgets and unlock new funding and partnerships.

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Performance-Driven Implementation and Reporting

We help municipalities transition from long planning cycles to implementation and progress by developing and operationalizing performance measures that meaningfully link stakeholder actions to environmental outcomes. By tracking only the most important metrics and creating systems for effective, streamlined reporting and decision-making, we help our clients build project delivery momentum and demonstrate clear progress to regulators, elected officials, and the public.


Incentive and Rebate Program Design

We work with municipalities and regional water authorities to design incentive and rebate programs that change consumer behavior to solve water resource issues more cost-effectively than capital-intensive structural projects. Our designs leverage financial, social, and regulatory incentives to align individual actions with community goals and maximize impact of investments by stacking rebates from numerous agencies for developing real, multi-benefit projects.

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Alternative Procurement and Compliance Programs

Facing growing competition for municipal funds, limited on-site opportunities, and increasing compliance needs, municipal water managers require creative funding strategies. We design alternative procurement and compliance programs that leverage private-sector expertise and innovation to solve municipal water challenges and enable cost-effective project delivery, including offset and crediting programs, pay for performance contracts, and community-based public-private partnerships. Our alternative compliance programs are reference points nationally for how communities and developers can work together to achieve water resource management goals or regional permit compliance.

Featured Projects

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Orange County Water Quality Improvement Plan

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

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

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.... Read more


Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

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

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Lake Clarity Crediting Program For Lake Tahoe

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... Read more

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Jeremy Sokulsky
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