Tools and Resources


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EFC TRAPPD Scarborough, Maine. This pilot study describes the use of the Maine DOT decision support tool for timing of culvert replacements, applied at the municipal level

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities

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Integrating Water Into Local and Regional sustainability Planning
 The Maine Flood Resilience Checklist is a simple and practical self-assessment tool designed to assist communities evaluate how well positioned they are to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding events and sea level rise. It provides an integrated framework for examining local flood risk, assessing vulnerability of the natural, built, and social environments, and identifying specific opportunities, actions, and strategies to enhance community flood resilience. For more information about the Checklist, please contact the Maine Geological Survey or the Maine Municipal Planning Assistance Program. See the Checklist Overview for a quick introduction to the Checklist.

Stormwater Education and Outreach Materials for Municipalities:

Reducing N in Casco Bay, Maine: An Analysis of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development Stormwater Solutions

Mapping of Public Water Systems in Maine: Mapping of public water system sources and protection areas in Google Earth

Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model: UNC EFC, 2015: Use this free Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model developed by the Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help set water and/or wastewater rates next year by projecting the utility’s expenses, revenues from rates, and fund balance for the next few years. Data inputs are minimal, and the tool has been updated to offer several new features and improvements to make it easier to test scenarios and help determine whether the utility needs to adjust rates in order to achieve financial sufficiency.

Water Utility Customer Assistance Program Cost Estimation Tool: UNC EFC 2014: This tool was developed by The Environmental Finance Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the Water Research Foundation as part of the Defining Resilient Business Models for Water Utilities project. The tool is designed to help water utilities estimate the costs of implementing a customer assistance program.

Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT): New England EFC has first-hand experience with using this tool by working with EPA and the Greater Augusta Utility District. EFC can help you use this tool, call us. The CREAT tool developed by the EPA allows users to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on their utility and to evaluate adaptation options to address these impacts using both traditional risk assessment and scenario-based decision making. CREAT provides libraries of drinking water and wastewater utility assets (e.g., water resources, treatment plants, pump stations) that could be impacted by climate change, possible climate change-related threats (e.g., flooding, drought, water quality), and adaptive measures that can be implemented to reduce the impacts of climate change. New England EFC could help your utility use the CREAT tool.

Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities US Environmental Protection Agency

Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Low Impact Development (LID) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Stormwater Calculator Environmental Protection Agency

Water Resilience, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Guidance on assessing risk, emergency response, recovery, and training for drinking water and wastewater resilience

Developing a Climate Adaptation Plan for Wastewater Utilities Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Climate Adaptation Plan Requirements and Guidance, Loan Principal Forgiveness, State Revolving Loan Fund

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control
Low interest capital improvement loans, bolster resilience to drought and flooding through infrastructure upgrades

Drinking Water Capacity Development Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control
Capacity development grants, bolster resilience to drought and flooding through infrastructure upgrades

Opti-Tool Environmental Protection Agency stormwater management optimization tool