MAFSM Participates with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Streamlining Integrated Infrastructure Implementation

Under the leadership of Mary S. Gattis, AICP, Director of Local Government
Programs/LGAC Coordinator for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay,
MAFSM was invited to participate in the Local Government Forum held in
June 2016 hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in collaboration
with the Chesapeake Executive Council and the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation. Through presentations, case studies, and facilitated group
discussion, participants identified issues and developed recommendations for
streamlining project implementation. Mary Gattis also presented on this topic
at the MAFSM 2016 fall conference and solicited input from the conference
participants to inform the recommendations. Findings, recommendations,
and next steps are presented in “Streamlining Integrated Infrastructure
Implementation, “Dig Once” Strategy Development Workshop, which can be
found here.  A summary of the implementation strategy can be found here.

The main focus of the forum was to explore ways to integrate Green
Infrastructure (GI) into other types of capital projects and to streamline
the implementation of projects that incorporate GI. Using case studies to
identify obstacles encountered in the implementation of GI infrastructure
projects, participants developed recommendations for streamlining project
implementation and incorporating green stormwater infrastructure into
traditional capital/maintenance projects such as streetscape enhancements.
Recommendations included educating staff and elected officials about
incorporating GI into a wide range of projects, pooling resources, facilitating
regional collaboration through workshops, and establishing dedicated funding
mechanisms for GI.

Participants were all problem solvers with experience funding/implementing
GI projects, and included federal funding partners (EPA, DOT, HUD, et al.),
state funding partners (state revolving fund managers, etc.), local government
officials from throughout the watershed (public administrators, public works
directors, municipal finance directors, municipal engineers, and planning
directors), U.S. and State DOTs, and associations, including MAFSM, Water
Environment Federation, and Virginia Association of Metropolitan Stormwater
Agencies.