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Greetings!

Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country's infrastructure a near-failing grade of D+. Before you get discouraged, however, there’s good news. Across the country, practitioners are getting creative and trying out innovative finance for water projects that are also nature-based or environmentally-friendly. Washington D.C.'s Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program is a great example.

As this program is one of several, Stanford University’s Water in the West researchers decided we needed a better way to keep track of these projects, and in late April, launched a “Living Map” that showcases images, details and data on each of these projects.

Indeed, as challenges grow and coffers shrink, the interest in green infrastructure continues. Developers in New Jersey are exploring a new guide to green infrastructure that's tailored to answer their specific questions, and Philadelphia's mayor recently announced his intention to carry on with the city's Green City, Clean Waters initiative.

In other news, carbon finance used to restore wetlands in California could lead to greater water security for the state. The European Commission released an atlas profiling water use and management in 40 cities across the continent and Maryland oyster growers still have plans to join the state's nutrient trading program.

Happy reading,

-The Ecosystem Marketplace team

 
   

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Get details.

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HERE’S THE DEAL

Going Green got a Little Easier in New Jersey

Garden State builders and developers now have a guide to going green as environmental consultancy AKRF released the New Jersey Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide. The document contains case studies but ultimately explains the costs and benefits of using green infrastructure.

Keep reading at the Daily Record.

Water Stewardship Standard Takes Root

The Alliance for Water Stewardship's emerging International Water Stewardship Standard is meant to help corporates document and track efforts to use water more sustainably and engage with watershed stakeholders. The food and drink giant Nestlé, a company that helped establish the AWS, is planning to use the standard to certify its West Coast facilities.

Read an interview with the Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestlé Waters North America at Environmental Leader.

Shellfish get in the Trading Game

Researchers are still figuring out the science and economics of it, but Maryland oyster growers may one day be able to generate credits and join the state's nascent nutrient trading program. Supporters of the venture are concerned that current leaders in Washington will wipe out funding for the research though that didn’t happen in the administration’s most recent spending package.

Read more at the Bay Journal.

A Thirsty Industry gets Smart about Water

As a group of NGOs delivered a new discussion paper on context-based water targets, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable assessed its own work on watershed context. The organization says it has long appreciated the local nature of water producing a decision-making methodology in 2015 with plans to publish additional insights later this year.

Just-drinks has more.

POLICY WATCH

Green City, Clean Waters, New Jobs

In a recent analysis, Mayor of Philadelphia James Kenney highlighted the many benefits of the city's Green City, Clean Waters program. The program is spurring a new sector of employment as it implemented hundreds of new green infrastructure programs capable of keeping 1.5 billion gallons of polluted water out of nearby waterways – and it isn’t finished yet.

Read the whole breakdown at Brookings.

Almost Nothing Fishy about World Tuna Day

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NEW RESEARCH

Prompting Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Water

Researchers from Stanford University's Water in the West program created a Living Map of innovative ways to finance water projects in the United States. The map highlights creative nature-based projects with the intention of spurring the spread and creation of new solutions for aging outdated water systems.

Stanford University has details or read coverage from Water Deeply.

Blue Cities

Late last month, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas, which profiles water management in 40 European cities. The atlas includes a ranking metric water performance, and Amsterdam emerged as the city with the highest score.

Learn more.

H20 Context

Companies and investors interested in mitigating water risks in a meaningful way require more than just additional information. They need context that connects a company's use to the basin status. Enter context-based water targets.

Learn more at WWF.

Location, Location and Green Infrastructure

In a new report from the Urban Land Institute, researchers explore how a rising number of real estate developers are responding to local regulations by incorporating green interventions into their business models. Green infrastructure also carries aesthetic value and appeal for real estate sites, which is another plus for developers, report authors say.

Read more at the ULI magazine.

   
   

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