Meet River Network’s Equitable Water Infrastructure Toolkit

Jun
30
Wednesday, 06/30/2021
2:30 PM ET - 3:30 PM ET

Event Info

Join us to learn about River Network’s new Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit! Just released, this toolkit will help you to: 

  • Identify factors that affect water affordability and some approaches to addressing them; 
  • Become familiar with water infrastructure funding and financing mechanisms (e.g., state revolving loan funds, bonds, etc.) and how they can be more equitably directed; 
  • Understand how to influence water infrastructure investment decisions and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. 

During this workshop, we’ll walk through this new resource, highlight key components, and talk about how you might use it in your community. Register here!

Additional Information

How are decisions to use green infrastructure versus a detention pond to control stormwater runoff made? What are the options for making water rates more affordable? How can states prioritize those most in need through their water infrastructure programs? What funding sources are available at the federal level to address critical water infrastructure needs? 

If you’ve ever wondered about these questions and others relating to how funding decisions about drinking water, wastewater and stormwater are made, join us for this session where we’ll start to dive into these issues using our new Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit. Broken into sections on utilities, affordability, infrastructure, and how to influence the decision-making process, it offers information and practical advice for advocates to get involved at the local, state, and federal levels, whether you’re a seasoned advocate or just starting to get involved for your water.  

With water rates rising in many places, close to 12% of U.S. households face unaffordable water bills. At the same time our creeks and rivers that supply drinking water for many of us are still threatened by contaminants and development. This means prioritizing investment in rural, low-income, and communities of color who have historically not had access to - or received - water infrastructure funding, resulting in unequal health, economic, and environmental impacts. 

Join us on June 30 at 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT to learn what flexibilities exist in current programs and how you can influence those funds for your community and waterways. Register today!