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Center Receives Funds to Build Coalition for Implementation of Water Utility Payment System for Green Infrastructure

Additional funding was awarded today from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Virginia Department of Forestry to the Center to conduct coalition building among diverse economic and environmental interests in Central Virginia for the purpose of testing implementation of the use of a portion of the water utility base rate as a means to pay for green infrastructure practices. Last year, the Forests to Faucets (F2F) project and specifically results from a case study application of the Optimum Infrastructure Expenditure (OIE) System showed that green infrastructure, such as forest conservation easements and afforestation contracts, were as cost effective as grey infrastructure, such as dredging, when considered over a long term planning horizon.

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