This guidebook is intended to be used alongside the CRS Coordinator’s Manual and is not intended to provide specific guidance regarding earning, scoring, or documenting actions to earn a community CRS credit. The best practices, success stories, and element summaries found in this document represent a fraction of the information available regarding the CRS program. Replication of actions taken by communities featured in this guidebook does not guarantee credit. If you have specific question about the CRS program, please reference the CRS Coordinator’s Manual or contact your ISO/CRS Specialist, both of which can be found online at http://crsresources.org.
My colleague Stacey Isaac Berahzer, a senior project director here at the Environmental Finance Center, made her podcast debut this week on The Water Values Podcast, a series specifically focused on drinking water finance and management. The Water Values is one of several podcast series that feature content on the drinking water sector.
EPA’s Water Finance Center partnered with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) to develop Water Infrastructure Financial Leadership: Successful Financial Tools for Local Decision Makers. This document highlights successful strategies that have been used to fund and finance water infrastructure.
Why is Financial Leadership Important for Water Infrastructure?
Financial leadership practices for water infrastructure and services are an integral component of the overall economic health of every community. The health of all communities —small or large, wealthy or in need— depends on adequate infrastructure that can reliably deliver safe drinking water and provide clean wastewater and stormwater management.
This document is a resource that states and stakeholders can share with local decision makers. The information in this document can help local leaders:
- Identify what is needed for financial planning,
- Determine how to fund and finance a project, and
- Consider which strategic approaches can be used to protect local investments.
Where can I Find More Information?
This resource can also be found in the Water Finance Clearinghouse, an online database of resources and funding information that can help communities access capital to meet their water infrastructure needs.
The Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS) is a web-based interactive water quantity and quality modeling system that employs as its core modeling engine the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), an internationally-recognized public domain model. HAWQS provides users with interactive web interfaces and maps; pre-loaded input data; outputs that include tables, charts, and raw output data; a user guide, and online development, execution, and storage of a user's modeling projects. https://epahawqs.tamu.edu/