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How Communities Can Save Money on National Flood Insurance

December 7, 2017

Throughout 2017, there has been discussion in Congress surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is set to expire tomorrow, Dec. 8. The program was established in 1968 as a service to at-risk communities by providing flood insurance in … Continued

Staying Up to Date with North Carolina Stormwater Utility Fees

November 29, 2017

In order to better understand the stormwater finance and governance landscape, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently inventoried and analyzed the stormwater fees used by 74 municipalities and three counties charging stormwater … Continued

Five Communication Tips for Stormwater Incentive Programs

November 22, 2017

Stormwater incentive programs are a creative tool used by some towns and cities to encourage community participation in stormwater management practices. Many of the incentive programs encourage citizens to install green stormwater infrastructure projects on their property. Stormwater ‘incentive’ programs … Continued

Four Ways Water Utilities Can Weather a Hurricane

September 18, 2017

Millions of United States citizens continue to battle the effects of massive hurricanes this month. Many have lost electric and water service. As water and wastewater utilities struggle to get their systems up and running again, some are in a … Continued

The State of Stormwater Fees in North Carolina

April 27, 2017

What is the average household stormwater fee in North Carolina? This is a harder question to answer than you might assume. User fees for stormwater management are influenced by many factors, including a utility’s service population, the importance of managing stormwater … Continued

Conserving Water through Smart Growth and Density

April 18, 2017

Smart Growth programs—developing urban areas with a variety of building types and land uses in a concentrated space—are touted for their potential to spur economic development through the creation of more attractive, environmentally sustainable, and walkable communities. One underlying theme … Continued

A Whole New World – of Stormwater!

March 21, 2017

Many of you know us for our Financial Sustainability and Rates Dashboards, but you may not know that these are not just limited to water and wastewater rates: there’s also stormwater! In recent years stormwater has perhaps not received the … Continued

Georgia Stormwater Fees Dashboard

March 16, 2017

This interactive stormwater fees dashboard is designed to assist stormwater utility managers and local officials in analyzing residential, nonresidential, and multi-family stormwater fees against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system characteristics, customer base socioeconomic conditions, and geography. The EFC and … Continued