Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC)
NATIONAL PRIORITIES: LIFE CYCLE COSTS OF WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ALTERNATIVES, EPA-G2015-ORD-D1
Grant No: CR-83617301-0
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.
Working with the 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; and Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, VA, 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 investments in the International Stormwater BMP Database, the eRAMS cloud-based modeling platform, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Dashboard, and previous WE&RF research. The project team has already established a strong base on which this Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC)
project can build.