Jan 29, 2021

National Municipal Stormwater Alliance Creates New Center of Excellence for Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance is providing leadership in performance-based project delivery for integrated green storm water infrastructure and other environmental infrastructure through the launch of the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3) Center for Water, Energy and Equitable Economic Resilience.

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The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), a national nonprofit focused on the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) sector, is providing leadership in performance-based project delivery for integrated green storm water infrastructure (GSI) and other environmental infrastructure through the launch of the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3) Center for Water, Energy and Equitable Economic Resilience.

To learn more about available CBP3 technical support, municipal staff should apply for this support by Feb. 10, 2021.

The basis for the CBP3 program methodology is to scale up investments in integrated GSI through an approach that bundles tens, hundreds, or thousands of individual projects into a single programmatic framework that is led by a public-private entity in a performance-based contractual arrangement using a fixed-cost basis for project implementation, according to the press release.

While this approach has been focused on GSI, it is applicable to other types of environmental infrastructure as well.

“The nexus between differing infrastructure sectors, such as water and energy, provide opportunities for holistic and high-valued investments," said Dr. Barry Liner, Chief Technical Officer at the Water Environment Federation in the press release. "Innovative technologies that drive multi-benefit solutions are well-suited to address the infrastructure challenges of today."

What makes the CBP3 program approach valuable are the performance-based targets for social and economic benefits to communities, such as utilizing a specified number of local workers and small, local and minority owned businesses in the program. The use of mentoring efforts to support local small businesses is commonly used in these programs to overcome the challenges of starting and running a small business.

“As a community-centered utility, SPU places the interest of our customers and residents at the top of our decision-making," said Ms. Mami Hara, CEO and General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). "This priority reflects our goals of inclusion, engagement, and partnership with BIPOC and low-income communities to empower residents in these communities to identify priorities, build structural power, and share decision-making."

The CBP3 program approach has reduced the cost of implementing integrated GSI by up to 40% compared to conventional project delivery methods and has met or exceeded all social and economic goals in communities such as Prince George’s County, Maryland  anf the City of Chester, Pennsylvania.

Similar programs are being established in areas ranging from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest to central California.

“The opportunities in the storm water sector are significant, and the CBP3 program approach is a way to unlock these opportunities as we’ve already Page 3 of 3 seen,” said NMSA Executive Director, Dr. Seth Brown, who is leading the CBP3 Center along with Ms. Dominique Lueckenhoff, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Hugo Neu Corporation, who serves as Center Chair. 

The CBP3 Center of Excellence launched by NMSA will work to promote the application and growth of CBP3 across the U.S. by providing both educational and technical assistance for all aspects of a CBP3 to accomplish design, build, finance, operation and maintenance

For both private and public entities interested in developing a working knowledge of CBP3 principles and practices, the Center will be issuing a professional CBP3 certificate program, while serving as an information and networking clearinghouse, added the press release. 

The Center is actively soliciting proposals from communities that would like CBP3 assistance. Applications from interested municipalities are being accepted through Feb. 10, 2021. To learn more about this opportunity, click here or contact NMSA Executive Director, Dr. Seth Brown, at seth.brown@nationalstormwateralliance.org.