Issue Brief: Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act

The Issue

ASLA supports legislation that would establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure and assist in implementing green infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management issues.

Background & Analysis

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM) have introduced
H.R. 1175 and S. 896, the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015, legislation that would allow states, localities and other qualified entities to receive grants to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management and other water quality and quantity issues.  

The legislation would also establish at least 3 Centers of Excellence for Green Infrastructure across the country which would, among other things, provide technical assistance to state and local governments and conduct research on stormwater, sewer overflow reduction, and other approaches to water resource enhancement. Finally, the legislation would promote the use of green infrastructure by encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to integrate green infrastructure in permitting and other regulatory programs, codes, and ordinance development.

ASLA has joined with the American Rivers, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation to urge congressional support for legislation that would promote the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater. 


Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) and
Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and co-sponsors

Current Status 

H.R. 1175 was reintroduced on Tuesday April 14, 2015 and referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. 
S. 896 was reintroduced on Monday April 13, 2015 and referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. The 114th Congress ended on December 31, 2016, with no further action on both measures. 


The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act (
H.R. 2030), S.1115 was introduced in the 112th and the 111th Congress by Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM). ASLA successfully worked to secure several sponsors for both measures. 

On September 28, 2011, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on
“Impact of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development on the Nation’sWater Quality, Economy and Communities,” where David Yocca, FASLA, representing ASLA, testified on the use of landscape architecture design techniques that address stormwater management while jumpstarting economic development in communities. Both the 112th and the 111th Congress expired before further action was taken on either measure. 


H.R. 1775 
S. 896 
Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure CanSave Municipalities Money and provide Economic Benefits Community Wide  
ASLA Stormwater Case Studies Home  
Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management Summary 
Video of David Yocca, FASLA Hearing Testimony 
Rooftops to Rivers II: Green Strategies for ControllingStormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows   
Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure Creating JobsGreening the Environment- Green for All, American Rivers, EPI 
Sustainable Communities Resource Center: GreenInfrastructure Aims to Reshape Philadelphia 

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