In this four-part series, EFC director Dan Nees speaks with local government leaders around the Chesapeake Bay region (and beyond) who are partnering with the private sector in innovative ways to better manage stormwater and achieve shared community goals. These seasoned practitioners share successes and lessons learned to help other communities evaluate if the P3 model may be an effective strategy to meet their own jurisdiction's needs.
Part 1. Prince George’s County - Clean Water & Economic Opportunity
Prince George’s County, Maryland, has launched one of the biggest and highest-profile stormwater P3s in the Chesapeake Bay region. Driven by a need to restore water quality and comply with federal stormwater mandates, the Clean Water Partnership is achieving better-than-expected results in cost savings and number of projects installed. The partnership is unique in its ambitious geographic scale and in that it integrates local economic development as a core program goal. Adam Ortiz, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, describes what motivated the County to pursue a P3, explains the difference between a P3 and privatization, and shares early successes of the partnership. He also offers three questions a community should ask when wondering, “Will a P3 work for me?”