EPA Deputy Administrator Announced New Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda During National Summit

During the Green Infrastructure Summit in Syracuse, NY this last week, EPA Deputy Administrator, Bob Perciasepe, announced EPA’s new strategic agenda for green infrastructure. Since 2007, EPA has actively supported the use of green infrastructure to manage wet weather and has released a series of policy memos encouraging the use of green infrastructure to meet regulatory requirements, as well as a series of strategic agendas describing the actions the agency is taking to promote green infrastructure. A central theme of EPA’s activities has been to engage with local communities through community partnerships and technical assistance programs. Since 2011, the agency has established partnerships with 10 communities, and has provided technical assistance to more than 20 communities. The Summit is the first event that brings together all of these communities, making it the perfect venue for this noteworthy announcement. This new Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda is an updated version of the agency’s 2008 and 2011 agendas. Expanding on the previous two versions, the new agenda outlines five major areas of focus to help further the growth and success of green infrastructure approaches to address water quality issues across the country. These five areas include federal coordination, regulatory support, research and information exchange, funding and financing, and capacity building. For more information about EPA’s new Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda, click here.  For more information about WEF’s work related to green infrastructure and stormwater issues, click here.

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