A community RainReady plan provides the backbone of a successful water management program. It should strive for the following principles:
- Easy implementation and replication: Ensuring that any services and tools developed can be adopted by towns and cities across the region.
- Community-wide efforts: Bringing efficiency savings by serving the whole community and addressing the multifaceted mix of problems that residents face.
- Evidence-based plans: Prioritizing investment based on a robust analysis of the risks property owners and residents face.
- Customer-based approaches: Meeting the needs of individual property owners and leveraging local and private investment for wider public gain
- Affordable and fair programs: Solutions that can benefit all affected residents and businesses.
- Integration: Seeking opportunities to leverage infrastructure investments in transportation, housing, and energy that bring wider environment, social and economic benefits;
- Multi-tiered solutions: Water-related problems occur at many levels, and thus action is needed at all levels – from individual residents to municipalities, watersheds and regions.
- No negative downstream impacts: Avoiding negative impacts on neighboring communities
- Nature-based solutions: Use of green infrastructure, since it brings wider benefits to the community than large-scale, engineered fixes.
- Fiscal fairness and transparency: Engaging all stakeholders equitably in community water management discussions, recommendations, and expenditures.
- Preventative measures: Promoting the adoption of zoning ordinances, permits, and incentives to encourage land use and development consistent with integrated water management practices.
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