Joint Action Plan for Clean Water Infrastructure and Services

in the Great Lakes Region

Resources for Municipalities


Fact sheets, reports and case studies

Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure – May 2016

Fact sheet on municipal planning for integrated water managementJune 2015
This fact sheet provides an overview of key lessons learned throughout the Greater Lakes project.

Case Studies: Improving Water Conservation & Efficiency in Six Great Lakes Communities – Alliance for Water Efficiency, April 2016
This report outlines the process of modeling water savings, costs and benefits, impact to water utility sales revenue, and energy and greenhouse gas reductions resulting from adopting an integrated water management approach. It also includes lessons learned from evaluating IWM in six communities in the Great Lakes basin.

Environmental Impacts of Water Withdrawals & Discharges in Six Great Lakes Communities: A Role for Green Infrastructure – May 2016
Transferring lessons learned from six Great Lakes communities, this report helps municipal decision-makers understand the environmental and financial costs and benefits of green infrastructure. It also summarizes the potential environmental benefits of scaling-up green infrastructure across the region.

Where do you get your water management information? September 2014
This knowledge transfer survey illustrates where diverse water management stakeholders in the Great Lakes region acquire information to help them in their work.


A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green InfrastructureMay 2016
This guide gives the municipal civil servant an understanding of what they can gain from carrying out IWM and a good sense of the process and effort involved. This can help a municipality determine whether they wish to create an IWM plan.

Municipal Guide To Organizing an Inter-Departmental Workshop on IWM: Breaking Down the Silos – March 2016
This guide outlines the steps in designing a workshop that will help begin breaking down municipal departmental silos – an important first step in integrating water supply, wastewater and stormwater under an IWM approach.

Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool

The Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool can give you a preliminary assessment of green infrastructure options for your community and the effects they will have. This can be helpful in demonstrating to stakeholders which options are worth pursing with more in-depth analyses.


Exploring Green Infrastructure and Integrated Water Management Workshop
March 6, 2015 – Guelph, Ontario

The purpose of this inter-departmental workshop was to explore implementation of IWM in the municipality. The attendees came up with recommendations on how to further IWM in a municipality.

Water Management Innovations Workshop to Green the Bottom Line
July 23, 2014 – Oakland County, Michigan

Nearly a dozen water management practitioners from Oakland County attended this half-day workshop. Jeff Edstrom and Bill Christiansen presented their analyses of the communities in Oakland County, Mich. Project advisors Wayne Galliher of Guelph, Ont., and Steve Gombos of Waterloo Region shared their experience in water conservation, with a particular focus on the actions they took to reduce summer-time outdoor water use.

Financial Arguments for Water Conservation & Green Infrastructure Session 
September 29, 2015 – Healing Our Waters Conference


Oakland County Stormwater Summit
October 3, 2014 – Oakland County, Michigan

Environmental Impacts of Water Use, Water Conservation and Storm Water Management – Jeff Edstrom & Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.


Extreme Makeover: How Six Model Municipalities Are Greening Their Water Management Program and Their Bottom Line
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Advancing Integrated Water Management
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Related Links and Resources

Managing Rain Where it Falls – Municipal World Magazine – March 2015

Financing Sustainable Water. Rates. Revenue. Resources, Alliance for Water Efficiency

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