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Oregon communities pursue sustainable solutions to restore and protect water quality. Oregon's Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides communities a set-aside reserve for funding green projects.

Managing for Sustainability Tools | Green Project Eligibility Guidelines | Energy Efficiency Tools | Water Efficiency Tools | Green Infrastructure Information | Environmentally Innovative Projects

Managing for Sustainability Tools

Best practices for operating and managing a wastewater treatment facility can conserve energy and water, save money and attain permit requirements.

Green Project Eligibility Guidelines

Eligible green projects:

  • incorporate green practices
  • reduce the environmental footprint of wastewater treatment, collection and distribution
  • address climate change
  • conserve water and energy
  • implement more sustainable solutions to wet weather flows
  • advance innovative approaches to water management

Green Project Eligibility Guidance will be used in determining a project's eligibility for scoring a CWSRF application. Wastewater utilities can take savings derived from reducing water losses and energy consumption and use them for public health and environmental enhancement projects. For more information about EPA's sustainability policy, see the following links:

Energy Efficiency Tools

Improved technologies and practices at Oregon wastewater treatment facilities reduce energy consumption, use energy more efficiently and sometimes produce renewable energy that can be used to power the facility.

Water Efficiency Tools

Oregon irrigation districts using improved technologies and practices provide services with less water and therefore protect water resources.

Green Infrastructure Information

On a regional scale, green infrastructure preserves and restores forests, floodplains and wetlands by reducing impervious surfaces in the watershed. Locally, green infrastructure includes site-specific and neighborhood-specific practices such as bioretention, trees, green roofs, permeable pavements and cisterns.

Environmentally Innovative Projects

Environmentally innovative projects demonstrate new and/or innovative approaches to delivering services or managing water resources in a more sustainable way. These activities include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for adaptation to climate change, constructing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design/LEED-certified buildings, and are otherwise consistent with EPA’s State Revolving Fund sustainability policy.

Constructed wetlands used for municipal wastewater treatment, effluent polishing and/or effluent disposal is an example of an environmentally innovative project that requires development of a business case to be eligible for the Green Project Reserve monies. The successful Talking Waters Constructed Wetlands in Albany-Millersburg provides helpful lessons to others.


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Green Street Stormwater Planter

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Stormwater Curb Extension

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