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Introduction to Local Government Stormwater Financing is a Course

Introduction to Local Government Stormwater Financing

Started Mar 1, 2020

$25 Enroll

Full course description


Though effectively managing urban stormwater runoff requires leadership and bold decision-making at all levels of government, it is at the local level where the most significant and substantive stormwater investments are made. It is also at the local level where the most innovative, effective, and transformative financing programs are developed and implemented. This course is designed for local government leaders with the goal of providing the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize the value and impact of every dollar invested in their communities. This beginners’ level course will provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities toward effective action.

Course Outline

Module 1: Being an Effective Change Agent for Stormwater Management and Finance: An Overview of Five Phases to Address Stormwater Issues (20 min)

Module 2: Gaining an Initial Agreement (30 min)

Module 3: Defining the Problem (30 min)

Module 4: Creating a Solution (35 min)

Module 5: Communicating the Solution and Developing Support (20 min)

Module 6: Designing for Implementation (25 min)

Module 7: Assessing Policies and Programs (20 min)

Course Developers

                          MOST Center

This MOST Center course was developed by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. Content is based on EFC’s Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual.


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Release Date:
December 2015
3 hours
Eligible for:
Certificate of Completion
Includes but not limited to: Local Elected Leaders, Local Government Staff, Funders, Non-profits, and Stormwater Professionals
How to Enroll:


Course Notice: Non-credit courses and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors; see

This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course.