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EBC Water Resources Forum: A Series on Sustainable Water Resources Management

When:
October 19, 2010 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Water Infrastructure Financing
In recent months, the front pages have covered stories that highlighted the importance of public investment in water infrastructure across the Commonwealth.  The public is aware that burst or leaking pipes, water contamination, inadequate treatment, and flood waters can be major inconveniences and sometimes, can lead to tragic outcomes.
The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission was established by Act of the Legislature pursuant to Section 145 of Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009.  The Commission is charged with developing a comprehensive, long range water infrastructure finance plan for the commonwealth and its municipalities.
Plan to attend this EBC program and learn about the Commission and discuss critical issues that include:

  • Identifying and understanding the water, waste water, and storm water infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth;
  • Issues with the current and potential capacity to finance these needs;
  • Meeting operation, maintenance, and capital needs of municipal water systems in the Commonwealth;
  • Potential changes in local, state, and federal approaches to water infrastructure financing;
  • Fair and equitable means of financing water infrastructure investments, including the role of fees, rates, taxes, loans, grants, and other financial vehicles;
  • The technical and financial feasibility of sustaining public water systems, conservation and efficiency programs, wastewater systems and storm water systems of municipalities and the commonwealth;
  • Potential for cost savings through consolidation, coordination, reorganization, or regionalization;
  • Potential for cost savings through innovations in water technology

Speakers:
Senator Jamie Eldridge, Chair, Water Infrastructure Finance Commission
Representative Carolyn Dykema, House Appointee, Water Infrastructure Finance Commission

Time: 7:30 a.m.        Registration
8:00 a.m.        Program
THE WATER FORUM
The goal of The Water Forum is to bring together interested stakeholders to discuss water infrastructure financing issues in an open forum.  The desired result would be an exchange of ideas, greater understanding of the impacts on stakeholders, and the start of a collaborative process to build consensus.
Registration Fee:
There is no charge to attend this event.  All are welcome.  The event is open to EBC members and non-members.