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Sep. 2, 2014 The Russell Family Foundation Stormwater Report

Polluted Runoff/Green Infrastructure Field Scan and Opportunity Assessment


The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) launched an “opportunity assessment and field scan” in October 2013 to evaluate the foundation’s Polluted Runoff/Green Infrastructure (PR/GI) portfolio and identify strategic opportunities for private funders to reduce polluted runoff. This leading threat to Puget Sound occurs when rain picks up chemicals and other pollutants from roofs, streets, and developed areas and
washes them into local waterways.

TRFF contracted with Sightline Institute, which interviewed 22 thought leaders in the field and obtained feedback from an additional 27 TRFF grantees through an online survey. The recommendations outlined below reflect a common impulse to tackle then problem on many different fronts. Yet it is not clear that these disparate efforts are adding up to strategic change.

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