Paying for Municipal Stormwater Programs: Confronting Challenges, Recognizing Opportunities, and Building Community Consensus
October 18, 2012, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
89 Depot Road
Greenland, New Hampshire
New England municipalities operating separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) face significant funding issues. Hundreds of municipalities nationwide have addressed these fiscal challenges by establishing stormwater utilities or alternative funding mechanisms. Other communities have tried and failed.
How and why did some communities reach consensus on funding solutions while others could not?
This workshop provides some answers. During the workshop, experts, town officials and audience members will share their real world experiences attempting to reach community agreement on stormwater program funding solutions, and outline consensus-building strategies that led to success. Workshop topics include Why Stormwater Utilities Succeed and Fail-A “Top Ten” List; How to Avoid These “Top Ten” Pitfalls; The Role of Public Outreach and Consensus-Building in Community Funding Deliberations; and Forging Community Consensus in Your Town: Lessons Learned from New England MS4 Communities, National Case Studies and Interviews.
We’re sending invitations via email to MS4s in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont this week. We’re hoping to reach Connecticut MS4s soon by compiling a MS4 e-list for that state, as well.
We’d appreciate it if you’d forward this announcement to anyone that you believe might be interested.
Please let me know if you have additional contact suggestions, concerns or questions. We hope to see you all there.
You can register and review our agenda at http://www.horsleywitten.com/stormwaterfunding/.
Office of Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Innovations and Sustainability Unit