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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

First Quarter 2016 — In this quarter's bulletin...

leafMomentum Builds for CBP3s for Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure

EPA Alumni Association Essays Celebrate “A Half Century of Progress”

Ask the Experts: Flint Water Crisis


spacerMomentum Builds for CBP3s for Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure

Description: P3

As communities across the country look for efficient and cost-effective means to manage pollution from urban stormwater runoff, the EPA in collaboration with many partner organizations continues to promote green infrastructure, financed through community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s), as a multi-benefit solution.

In December 2015, EPA Region 3 and the National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) co-hosted the first ever CBP3 Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Summit in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.  EPA’s recently released summary of the event highlights the presentations and discussions that took place, featuring regulators, finance and P3 experts, state and local officials, among other stakeholders.

NCPPP’s write up of the event describes the need and ongoing support for CBP3s and highlights THG’s report, The Role of Green Infrastructure—Nature, Economics, and Resilience, developed on behalf of the Conservation Leadership Council.  The report examines the merits of CBP3s alongside other innovative financing tools to expand green infrastructure investment.

To read the December CBP3 Summit Summary, visit

To read NCPPP’s recap article, visit

To read THG’s full report, visit

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Description: UMIMRA

The Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri River Association’s (UMIMRA) Annual Meeting, held on February 11, 2016, convened levee district leaders, farm producers, and stakeholders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Seth Brown, Senior Advisor, The Horinko Group, and Principal, Storm and Stream Solutions LLC, presented to this group on Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s).  Mr. Brown described the fundamentals of CBP3s, a model for infrastructure financing that currently focuses on urban stormwater infrastructure, and discussed the applicability of this model in agricultural and flood control contexts.

Following the event, Mr. Brown captured key details of his presentation and laid out the case for CBP3’s role in an “all of the above” approach to infrastructure investment in a blog article, “Can CBP3s Hold Back the Water in the Upper Midwest?”.

To see slides of the presentation, visit

To read the blog article on the event, visit

To see more on UMIMRA and their annual meeting agenda, visit

spacerEPA Alumni Association Essays Celebrate “A Half Century of Progress”

Description: EPAAA

The EPA Alumni Association has prepared an overview essay, Protecting the Environment: A Half Century of Progress, to tell the story of the major environmental challenges that the nation faced in the latter half of the 20th Century and describe EPA’s role in mitigating them. The overview is accompanied by seven supporting essays providing a more in-depth look at EPA’s air, water, drinking water, waste management, Superfund, pesticides, and toxic substances programs. The essays capture the environmental problems that existed, the major actions taken, the progress made, and the challenges that remain.

Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, and Cathryn Courtin, Program Manager, The Horinko Group contributed to this effort as authors of the waste management program essay, which details the role of the RCRA program in transforming the country’s approach to managing waste from generation to disposal.

To read the overview essay, visit

To read the waste management essay, visit


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June 15, 2016 | Chicago, IL | Register

The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will host the Superfund Master Class: Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Reforms on June 15, 2016 in Chicago, IL.  Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, will join leading environmental lawyers for a panel discussion on, Thirty-Five Years of Superfund: What Have We Achieved and What Is In Store?  The Master Class is designed to encourage interactive dialogue with the goal of identifying a path forward for a more effective and efficient future for the Superfund process.

To see the event schedule, visit

To register for the event, visit

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May 11-13, 2016 | Overland Park, KS | Register

Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference

The Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference in partnership with EPA Region 7 and Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Regulators, will be held in Kansas City May 11-13, 2016.  The event will provide regional perspectives on RCRA, Air, and Wastewater compliance, enforcement, and policy.

To learn more and register for the event, visit


The Flint Water Crisis

The Horinko Group is pleased to introduce a new “Ask the Experts” column to our quarterly newsletter.  In this section, we will collect insights from subject matter experts on noteworthy developments in the environmental arena.

In this first installment, we caught up with a few experts to hear their take on the Flint, Michigan water crisis, what the situation looks like as it falls out of mainstream media headlines, and what the larger implications might be for water infrastructure in this country.

Description: Fewell

Our failure as a country to invest and recapitalize our water and wastewater systems is leading toward a national crisis.

— Brent Fewell, Founder, Earth and Water Group and former SVP, United Water, and senior official, U.S. EPA Office of Water.

Description: Mehan

The Flint case will intensify interest in EPA’s upcoming revisions to its Lead and Copper Rule and the recommendations of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council.

— Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs, AWWA and former Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water.

Description: Tobey

For better or worse, the Flint fiasco has kicked the door wide open on a national discussion of the water infrastructure funding gap, and there’s no closing that door.

— Bruce Tobey, Partner, PLDW and former Mayor of Gloucester, MA.