Mar 08, 2019

Public-Private Partnership Engages Community in Storm Water Management

The Clean Water Partnership has completed the pilot phase ahead of schedule

Storm water partnership completes pilot phase ahead of schedule
Storm water partnership completes pilot phase ahead of schedule

The Clean Water Partnership (CWP), a 30-year community-based public-private partnership (CBP3) between Prince George’s County, Md., and Corvias, has achieved a milestone with the completion of the initial pilot phase. The pilot phase was completed under budget and faster than projected.

The CWP developed and implemented a turnkey storm water management program that proved the ability to achieve regulatory compliance requirements, and create greater community buy-in and education along with long-term local economic benefits for residents and local small minority disadvantaged businesses. The recently released report shows the CWP has accomplished those objectives and completed the initial pilot retrofitting 2,000 acres using greater than 87% local minority and target class county businesses, and saving the county more than 40% compared to traditional, non-bundled procurements.

The full report provides results and statistics, and is available for download here. Highlights include:

  • Completed and certified retrofits more than 2,000 acres–equivalent to 1,407 football fields–across 94 different projects in only 36 months. This includes projects on public schools, municipal sites, public ponds, and private property as a part of the Alternative Compliance Program. To date, the project has resulted in pollutant load reductions, including 32,614 lb of total nitrogen, 3,269 lb of total phosphorus and 1,834,791 total lb of total suspended solid per year.
  • Greening and beautifying our landscape planting 250 trees–equivalent to 65,000 lb of carbon dioxide per year–and more than 6,000 shrubs and improving local rivers and streams removing more than 1.8 million pounds of sediment across the county.
  • 30 years of growth and investment with $132 million total economic impact of local spending, $14.6 million total tax revenue from retrofits, and 94% of total economic impacts will be local.
  • Investing $500,000 to youth and educational programs, creating an incubator and mentor protégé development program for more than 15 Prince George’s County local small minority disadvantaged businesses, supporting paid internship opportunities for 50 students.

·         15 church retrofits through the alternate compliance program (ACP), 22 schools through the partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools System (PGCPS), and 23 retrofits on municipal properties throughout the county through the municipal outreach program.