The Natural Resources Investment Center will use market-based tools and innovative public-private collaborations to conserve natural resources, cultivate efficient water allocation, and promote increased investments in critical infrastructure in conjunction with Department of the Interior’s conservation and stewardship mission. Its purpose is to increase investment in water conservation and build up water supply resilience, foster private investment to advance efficient permitting and facilitate meaningful conservation, and increase investment in critical water infrastructure.

The Center is inspired by President Obama’s Build America Investment Initiative, which calls on federal agencies to find new ways to increase investment in ports, roads, water and sewer systems, bridges, broadband networks, and other 21st-century infrastructure projects, by facilitating partnerships among federal, state, local and tribal governments, and private sector investors.

The Build America Investment Initiative is a government-wide initiative called for by the President to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth. As part of the Initiative, the Administration is launching the Center – housed at the Department of the Interior – to bring market-based approaches to Interior’s conservation mission and to serve as a one-stop shop for cities and states seeking to use innovative financing and partnerships with the private sector to support water infrastructure, banking and mitigation.