Net Blue

Supporting Water-Neutral Community Growth 

Net Blue Logo smallerNet Blue is a collaborative initiative of the Alliance for water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network to support sustainable community growth. The project partners developed a model ordinance that communities can tailor and customize to create a water demand offset approach meeting local needs. Communities in different regions throughout North America were consulted to help develop the model ordinance and the offset components, and to ensure that the program is adaptable in all political climates, legal frameworks and environmental challenges.

The project partners will work with communities in different regions throughout North America to develop the ordinance components and to ensure it is adaptable in political climates, legal frameworks, and environmental challenges. The project partners are seeking additional pilot/partner communities to participate. Any interested parties are encouraged to contact AWE via Click here to access the ordinance worksheet and methodology for calculating water offsets. 

Water_Offset_Cover_As part of the first phase of work, the Alliance for Water Efficiency released its report, Water Offset Policies for Water-Neutral Community Growth, which reviewed communities throughout the United States that currently have a water demand offset policy or water neutral growth policy in place. These policies require offsetting the projected water demand of new development with water efficiency measures to create a neutral impact on overall service area demands and water use. The report also contains a literature review related to this topic, and information on communities that had a water demand offset policy in the past.

The full report can be downloaded here.
Read the Report Press Release here.
For Example Water Offset Ordinances click here.

Project Partners:

Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE): The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water in North America. Working with more than 400 water suppliers, business and industry, regulatory and advocacy organizations, AWE delivers innovative tools and training to encourage cost-effective water conservation programs, cutting-edge research, and policy options necessary for a sustainable water future.  

Environmental Law Institute (ELI): The Environmental Law Institute is an internationally recognized, non‐partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide. ELI fosters innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.
River Network: River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country. Founded in 1988, River Network is leading a national watershed protection movement that includes nearly 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is to protect rivers and watersheds.