Green infrastructure provides a cost-effective way to address water quality challenges while providing multiple benefits. For example, tree planting can reduce surface temperatures locally, wetland restoration can create open space for recreation and tourism, and bioswales can improve surface water storage.
Through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), communities have an opportunity to obtain low-interest financing for “green projects,” including for green infrastructure. Both funds are federal-state partnerships in which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides capitalization grants to states, with a 20 percent state match.
However, the funds are implemented differently across states, and navigating these processes takes staff capacity, resources, and expertise. For smaller communities, technical assistance may be necessary to capitalize on the green infrastructure opportunities in their state revolving funds.
WFX developed a community resource to review the different ways SRF programs treat green infrastructure.