30 Minute Presentation
The Stormwater Institute's National MS4 Needs Assessment Survey Results
Stormwater is the only growing source of water pollution in many watersheds across the country. With urban populations expected to grow to nearly 70% by 2050, and more frequent and intense storms occurring across the country, there is ever-increasing pressure on stormwater systems and water infrastructure. Clearly, urban runoff is a leading environmental challenge now and will be in the years to come.
Based on input from leading stormwater professionals, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Institute (SWI) developed Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater, which details the challenges, opportunities, and pathways to improving the nation’s stormwater systems to make them more efficient, effective, and sustainable.
This report identified six objectives that are central to supporting the future of stormwater vision. These objectives are: working at the watershed scale, transforming stormwater governance, supporting innovation and best practices, managing assets and resources, closing the funding gap, and engaging the community. In an attempt to begin working towards meeting those objectives, WEF’s SWI conducted a national assessment survey of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees in mid-2018. The primary objectives of this survey were to identify the information and technical resource needs of MS4 permittees and to better understand MS4 stormwater program challenges.
One of the major findings of the survey was a clear need for information and resources related to funding and financing of stormwater programs and information on best management practice (BMP) effectiveness and life cycle costs. MS4 permittees also identified lack of program funding and availability of capital as a significant challenge. Nearly half of all survey respondents indicated that they need additional funding to meet their stormwater program goals. Based on the data collected in this survey, the annual funding gap in the MS$ sector has been estimated to be $7.5 billion.
This presentation will focus on the survey objectives, methods, and analysis of the responses. Key take-aways from each survey section, next steps for the Stormwater Institute, and conclusions will also be included. It will also discuss the work currently being done on the next survey the results of which are anticipated to be available in the Summer of 2020. The next survey will focus on addressing some of the lessons learned from the first survey.
In addition, the presentation will include background information on WEF’s Stormwater Institute, including the Rainfall to Results report that is as a visioning document for the Institute, the other projects and programs that are on-going to meet the goals of Rainfalls to Results, as well as the Stormwater Institute’s Advisory Committee and Subscribers.