Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC)

CLASIC Tool Overview (PDF)

Grant No: CR-83617301-0
Project Duration: 2016-2020

Recently, federal policies seek innovative solutions for wet weather control (such as green infrastructure) that can confer multiple environmental, social and economic benefits. The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is leading a project intended to provide communities with a tool that takes into account the costs associated with planning, designing, acquiring, constructing,  operating, maintaining, renewing, and replacing stormwater infrastructure. The results are expected to increase confidence in comparing benefits and costs of stormwater infrastructure alternatives using tools based on cost, design, and performance data sets and a peer-reviewed model.  

Project Team Members
University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Geosyntec Consultants, Portland, OR / Wright Water Engineers, Denver, CO; and Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, VA.

Collaborating Partners
Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)/American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Rivers

WE&RF will develop a life-cycle-cost/life-cycle-analysis framework model, a publicly accessible tool and database, and a guide for decision makers that includes case studies. The project team will build on the existing relationships and leverage capabilities in the International Stormwater BMP Database, the eRAMS cloud-based modeling platform, the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Dashboard, and other WE&RF research such as the Green Infrastructure Co-Benefits study. The project team has already established a strong base on which this Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC) project can build.


For more information, please contact WRF’s Program Director on Stormwater and Integrated Water Dr. Harry Zhang.