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

Senators Tom Udall (NM), Dick Durbin (IL), and Representative Denny Heck (WA) have re-introduced S. 1695 and H.R. 3906, the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2017, 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. 


Senators Tom Udall (NM), Dick Durbin (IL) and co-sponsors
Representative Denny Heck (WA) and co-sponsors

Current Status 

S. 1695 was reintroduced on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.

H.R. 3906 was reintroduced on Monday, October 2, 2017 and referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.


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


H.R. 3906 
S. 1695 
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 

Related ASLA Policies 

Climate Change 
Environmental Sustainability


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