This series features cities and towns in the Chesapeake Bay region that are advancing innovative and effective approaches to environmental challenges. These stories demonstrate how an inspired idea and a willingness to transcend traditional approaches can yield impressive results for both water quality and community health.
Part 1. Retrofitting our Nation's Capital for Healthy Streams and Rivers

This series showcases examples of local governments forging creative solutions to complex environmental problems. Whether the goal is greening the urban landscape or combatting climate risk, these stories exemplify the ways in which municipal leaders can defy long-held assumptions, build relationships with nontraditional partners, and push the envelope to achieve better results for their communities.
Inclusive Planning: Sharing Power to Build Resilience in Baltimore
Developers as Allies: DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program
Planning for Success: How Collaboration & Community Engagement Yield High-Value Projects in Fairfax County
Regional Collaboration: Building Partnerships for Clean Water in York County


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. Clean Water & Economic Opportunity
Part 2. Alternative Delivery Models: Lessons Learned and Opportunities
Part 3. “Full Delivery” Contract Model
Part 4. Private Financing for Civic Infrastructure: A Portfolio-Based Approach